Service No: IC-52777
Date of Birth : Dec 14,1971
Birth Place : Kanpur , UP
Last Rank: Major
Unit: 8 RR
Arm/Regt: The Madras Regiment
Operation: Op Rakshak (J&K)
Award : Kirti Chakra
Date of Martyrdom : Sep 28, 2001
Major Avinash Singh Bhadauria, was born on December 14th, 1971 in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. Though he was the son of a prominent political leader in Uttar Pradesh Ganga Singh Bhadauria, he showed no inclination to join politics. Instead, since childhood, he had a passion for armed forces and always wished to join the Indian Army. In 1990, Maj Avinash joined the prestigious National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Pune to fulfill his dream. During his time at the NDA, Major Avinash Singh Bhadauria received the award of “Battalion Cadet Captain ” and was always an outstanding performer, excelling at his training courses.
Major Avinash Singh Bhadauria was then commissioned into 18 Madras of the Madras Regiment. Subsequently, keeping in view his training profile, he was posted at Hathigarh, a Naxalite affected area in Assam, and then to Jamnagar in Kutch near the Indo-Pak border in Gujarat. Thereafter, he was deputed to serve with 8 Rashtriya Rifles battalion, engaged in counter insurgency operations in J & K.
Maj Avinash got married to Shalini in 1997, who also joined the army later and served in the rank of Captain.
Doda Operation: Sep 2001
On September 28, 2001, Maj Avinash’s unit had 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 operational 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 and Maj Avinash fought gallantly, taking the lives of four terrorists single-handedly. However Maj Avinash got injured in the exchange of fire and was martyred. The brave 29 year old soldier fought till his last breath, before succumbing to his injuries. Inspired by Maj Avinash’s gallant leadership and offensive spirit , his troops successfully eliminated the terrorists and achieved the objective of the operation.
Maj Avinash Singh Bhadauria was given the nation’s second highest peace time gallantry award “Kirti Chakra” for his outstanding leadership, unfailing courage and supreme sacrifice.
Maj Avinash Singh Bhadauria is survived by his wife Shalini, son Dhruv Singh , father Sri Ganga Singh Bhadauria, mother Mrs Aruna singh and brother Sri Amit Singh. His wife Capt Shalini, who had also joined the Indian Army after the supreme sacrifice of her brave husband, went on to win the title of Mrs India 2017.
Major Avinash Singh Bhadauria was awarded India’s second highest gallantry award during peace time “Kirti chakra” on 26 January 2002, for the display of exceptional valour in the presence of the enemy. Major Avinash Singh Bhadauria fought the terrorists gallantly till his last breath, displaying outstanding courage and utter disregard to his personal safety, before making the supreme sacrifice for the nation.
From Martyr’s wife to Army Officer to Mrs India 2017: A tribute to Maj Avinash Bhadauria
The former army captain and mother to a 16 year-old was crowned ‘Classic Mrs India Queen of Substance’ for 2017. This was a tribute to her husband Maj Avinash Bhadauria by Shalini Singh, who graduated from a martyr’s wife to the queen of substance. In 2001, Shalini’s world had changed forever when her husband, Major Avinash was martyred in an encounter with terrorists in Kashmir. The brave 29 year-old soldier had eliminated four terrorists before succumbing to his wounds. Her married life was short lived and Shalini fondly remembers the rare phone calls that were the only communication between them for days. She waited desperately for those phone calls, until the one that came early morning on the 28th of September, 2001, ruthlessly turned her whole world upside down. At 23, Shalini found herself widowed. Her 2 year old son had lost his father.
But then she saw her son, blissfully unaware of the tragedy that had shaken their home, too young to understand the loss of pain. She knew she had to be strong for him. So she decided to join the Army. Her husband’s colleagues warned her of the mental and physical challenges of the job, especially with her toddler wholly dependent on her. But she was ready to do whatever it took. Finally, on the 7th of September, 2002, twenty days short of her husband’s first death anniversary, she was commissioned as an Officer in the Indian Army. “For a young single mother working in a mostly male dominated environment, life had many challenges too.” Yet with each passing day, she found the courage to go on. She served in the army for 6 years, before resigning to give her son a more settled life. On the 14th of April, 2017, Capt Shalini was crowned ‘Classic Mrs India 2017 Queen of Substance’ at New Delhi. It was a day of reckoning for a martyr’s wife. She had picked up pieces from her battered life to transform into a woman of substance to lead a life of pride and dignity. This is the best tribute a martyr’s wife could have given to her husband.
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