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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16 Comments
  • Amit Nigam

    2022at10:56 pm Reply

    Proud to be your Coursemate . You would always remain a epitome of courage, valour and sprit.
    RIP

  • Rohit Girotra

    2022at10:57 pm Reply

    Your sacrifice will not go in vain. You are an inspiration to your fellows Indians. Jai Hind

  • Chaitanya Sharma

    2022at10:58 pm Reply

    Tributes to braveheart officer!
    Jai Hind !

  • Karan Singh Raghuwanshi

    2022at10:58 pm Reply

    Salute to the brave soul

  • Syed Faisal Rizvi

    2022at10:59 pm Reply

    Today is your martyrdom day my Varanasi SSB mate, coursemate & friend. Miss you hamesha. You were an epitome of the saying; An Officer and a Gentleman!
    Proud of you Dost. Jai Hind

  • Raghvendra Singh Chandel

    2022at11:00 pm Reply

    In reply to Nishant Sharma.
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