Service No : SS-42717H
Birth Place : Solapur (dist) MH
Last Rank: Major
Unit : 166 Medium Regiment
Arm/Regt : The Regiment of Artillery
Operation : CI & IS Ops
Awards : SC
Date of Martyrdom: Nov 29, 2016
Major Kunal Munnadir Gosavi hailed from Pandharpur in Solapur district of Maharashtra. Major Kunal did his schooling from Kavathekar High School in Pandharpur and graduated from the Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce in Pune. Major Kunal had a strong desire to join the armed forces right from his childhood. He continued to nurse the dream and got selected through a combined defense services examination to join the army after his graduation.
Maj Kunal joined the Army in 2006 and was commissioned into the 166 Medium Regiment of the Regiment of Artillery. After serving for a couple of years, he got married to Miss Uma in 2009 and the couple had a daughter Umang. During 2013-14, Major Kunal served in the trouble-torn Manipur region and was part of many counter-insurgency operations.
Nagrota Attack: 29 Nov 2016:
During Sep 2016, Major Kunal Munnadir Gosavi had moved to Nagrota (J&K) with his unit. On the morning of 29 November 2016 at around 5:30 IST, three terrorists wearing police uniforms entered the base which housed nearly 1,000 soldiers just about 20 kilometers from Jammu. They attacked the Indian Army’s 166 Field Regiment unit in the town of Nagrota, near Jammu city. The toughest part of the counter-terror operation was in preventing a potential hostage crisis. The terrorists had entered a part of the complex where families of soldiers lived and then slipped into different rooms. During that period Major Kunal was part of the unit’s Quick Reaction Team(QRT).
Three terrorists had taken vantage positions in two residential buildings that housed officers’ families and a Mess and the QRT vehicle came under heavy terrorist fire even as they entered the location. Major Kunal showed exemplary leadership in assessing the danger and moved in with his team to take counter-terrorist action. Their task was to prevent terrorists from killing women, children, and unarmed men who were trapped within their homes. Major Kunal and his team not only engaged the terrorists and prevented the evil designs of the terrorists to take hostages and massacre innocents, but they also ensured that the terrorists could not spread out in the cantonment area and destroy important assets. However, during the exchange of fire, Major Kunal Gosavi got hit by a bullet and was seriously injured. Later while being taken to the hospital he succumbed to his injuries and was martyred.
Major Kunal Gosavi was a gallant soldier and a gritty officer who led from the front like a good military leader. He was given the gallantry award, “Shaurya Chakra” for his unshakable courage, leadership, and supreme sacrifice. Major Kunal Munnadir Gosavi is survived by his wife Smt Uma Gosavi and daughter Umang.