Service No : IC-52777

Date of Birth : December 14, 1971

Place of birth : Kanpur, UP

Service : Army

Last Rank : Major

Unit : 8 RR/18 Madras

Arm/Regt : The Madras Regiment

Operation : Op Rakshak

Awards : Kirti Chakra

Martyrdom : September 28, 2001

Major Avinash Singh Bhadauria KC

Major Avinash Singh Bhadauria, was born on December 14th, 1971 in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. Son of a prominent political leader in Uttar Pradesh Shri Ganga Singh Bhadauria and Smt Aruna Singh, he had a brother Amit Singh as his sibling. Though coming from political family, he showed no inclination to join politics. Instead, since childhood, he had a passion for the armed forces and always wished to join the Indian Army. Following his passion, he got selected to join the prestigious National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Pune in the year 1990.  During his time at the NDA, he received the award of  "Battalion Cadet Captain " and was always an outstanding performer, excelling in all aspects of training.


He later moved to IMA Dehradun for further training and passed out as a Lieutenant in June 1994.  He got commissioned into 18 Madras of the Madras Regiment, an infantry Regiment well known for its fearless soldiers and numerous bold operations. As a first assignment after commissioning, he was posted to Hathigarh, a Naxalite-affected area in Assam, and then to Jamnagar in Kutch near the Indo-Pak border in Gujarat.  Besides being a soldier at heart, he was a keen sportsman and specially excelled in shot put and discus throw. After serving for sometime, he got married to Ms Shalini in 1997 and the couple had a son Dhruv. Thereafter, in the year 2000, he was deputed to serve with 8 Rashtriya Rifles battalion, engaged in counter-insurgency operations in J & K.


Doda Operation: 28 Sep 2001


During Sep 2001, Maj Avinash's unit 8 RR was deployed in J&K for counter-insurgency operations. As the area of responsibility of the unit was insurgency prone area, the troops had to maintain a very high level of alert at all times. Maj Avinash had taken part in a number of operations in his stint of around one and half years with the battalion. On 28 Sep 2001, the unit received specific information from intelligence sources about the presence of some hardcore terrorists in Doda district of J & K. A decision was taken to launch a search and destroy operation to engage the terrorists under the leadership of Maj Avinash. Maj Avinash quickly assessed the situation and made out an operation to nab them. He then along with his troops swung into action and cordoned off the suspected area of the hideout.


Maj Avinash and his men soon spotted the militants, who started firing at them on being challenged. A fierce gun battle followed thereafter and Maj Avinash in a tactical move deployed his troops to hem the terrorists in.  Maj Avinash leading from the front, fought gallantly, and managed to eliminate three terrorists single-handedly. However, during the exchange of fire Maj Avinash too  received gunshots and got seriously injured.  He later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Inspired by Maj Avinash's gallant leadership and offensive spirit, his troops successfully eliminated the remaining terrorists and achieved the objective of the operation. Maj Avinash Singh was a brave and committed soldier, who laid down his life at the age of 29 years in the line of his duty, living up to the highest traditions of the Indian Army. Maj Avinash Singh Bhadauria was given the nation's second highest peacetime gallantry award "Kirti Chakra" for his outstanding leadership, unfailing courage and supreme sacrifice.


Maj Avinash Singh Bhadauria is survived by his wife Smt Shalini Singh, son Dhruv Singh, father Shri Ganga Singh Bhadauria, mother Smt Aruna Singh, brother Shri Amit Singh and sister-in-law Smt Rashmi Singh.  Later carrying forward the legacy of her husband, Smt Shalini Singh joined the Indian Army and was commissioned as an officer in the year 2002.  She later went on to win the title of Mrs India 2017 and also got associated with various social causes. 

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  • Harry Lagad

    2022at10:46 pm Reply

    Truly a great hero to the nation and a brave heart who gave up his life so he could save the people. Not only was he a true brave heart, but time proved that Ms Shalini also underwent similiar challenges in life overcoming an early loss of her husband and building up a great career path thru the Army, serving the nation and then going on to make the nation proud by representing India on an international beauty pageant. Kudos and salutes to these brave hearts.

  • Sunil Varma

    2022at10:46 pm Reply

    You have defined the meaning of service to the nation for other countrymen. I salute you. Jai Hind..

  • Chandrasekharan p Ex Sub

    2022at10:50 pm Reply

    I salute you by a ex marauder.

  • vikash bhadoria

    2022at10:51 pm Reply

    Long live major bhadoria

  • Ashutosh Kumar

    2022at10:52 pm Reply

    Proud of u sir

  • Prateek Srivastava

    2022at10:52 pm Reply

    Jai Hind .. Jai Bharat

  • Nishant Sharma

    2022at10:53 pm Reply

    Jai hind…want to put my son in nda..need tips please …
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  • Shree Prakash Srivastava

    2022at10:54 pm Reply

    Our salute to our brave Son and his wife.
    May God bless his son.

  • Govind Singh

    2022at10:55 pm Reply

    Really he was a hero, leader, will always inspire till generations.
    Jai Hind

  • Arun Kumar Tyagi

    2022at10:56 pm Reply

    In reply to Ashutosh Kumar.
    Proud of you brother.
    Seen you once in your child hood when my parents & my bother went to Kanpur..

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