Service No: IC45578

Date of Birth : 12 July 1964

Birth Place: Kodagu, Karnataka

Service: Army

Last Rank: Major

Service Years: 1985 – 2000

Unit: 5 Sikh LI

Arm/Regt: The Sikh Light Infantry

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Awards: Shaurya Chakra

Date of Martyrdom : Jan 12, 2000

Major Mangerira Chinnappa Muthanna SC

Major Muthanna was born on 12th July 1964 in Chettimani village, near Bhagamandala town in Madikeri taluk of Kodagu district in Karnataka.  He joined the Officers Training Academy in Chennai in October 1984 and was commissioned into the 5th Battalion of Sikh Light Infantry Regiment, a regiment known for its valiant soldiers and various battle honours since its raising in the Indian Army.


Maj Muthanna after passing out of the OTA, first served in Jammu and Kashmir (1985-1991), then in Punjab (1991-1993), next in Arunachal Pradesh (1993-1996), later in Bangalore (1997-1999).  In 1999, Maj Muthanna was deputed to serve with 1 RR unit in  J & K where it was deployed for counter insurgency operations.


Anantnag Operation:  12th Jan 2000


In the year 2000, Maj Muthanna’s unit was deployed at Khanabal in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. The unit was located in a remote Army Base  near Srinagar, along the main National Highway of Kashmir. On 12th of Jan 2000 at around 6 PM, the Army Base was attacked by four militants , who were armed with AK-47s, grenades and rocket launchers. The heavily armed militants forced themselves into the barracks and began to fire indiscriminately. Though it was a surprise attack, the troops rose to the occasion and retaliated appropriately, killing one militant and wounding another. However, the remaining two escaped unseen into a small, two-storey building nearby.


The attack stopped for a while but the militants’ were still hiding and their location within the camp was unknown. Maj Muthanna in consultation with his commanding officer immediately swung into action and cordoned off the suspected area. The militants were finally spotted in the building, across the road, which had only one entry-point and a stairway. It was decided to storm the building and two soldiers were tasked to carry out that operation. However the soldiers were shot at by the militants and were cornered. At that moment, Maj Muthanna realized the gravity of the situation and decided to storm the building himself in order to save his fellow men.


Maj Muthanna quickly entered the building and provided cover to the two injured soldiers while they were taken away to safety. In the meantime, he shot dead one of the two militants, but in the process he sustained a bullet injuries. A grenade hurled at him also exploded in his face, badly injuring him. Maj Muthanna later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. The troops subsequently eliminated all the militants and the building was taken over by 3.30, in the wee hours of the morning. Maj Muthanna was given the gallantry award “Shaurya Chakra” for his outstanding courage, steadfast resolve and supreme sacrifice.

  • A granite stone statue of Major Muthanna,  made by sculptor Manjunath Acharya of Beetikatte has been installed in front of the Madikeri City Municipal Council (CMC) Hall.

  • Kodagu district has named the municipal circle in front of Cauvery Kalakshethra (Town Hall) after Major Muthanna on December 9, 2000.
  • In Khanbal district of Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian Army has named a road, a recreation hall and a school after Major Muthanna.

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  • K k SHARMA

    2017at10:17 am Reply

    Salute to the braveheart

  • Major Naresh Mawa

    2020at10:35 am Reply


  • Lt Col Sunil Kumar Yadav,(SSC NT40)

    2020at12:17 pm Reply

    Salute to the brave warrior and coursemate.
    Om Shanti Om.
    Jai Hind

    • Hanif S

      2021at11:46 am

      Rest in peace . Salute for giving peace to our world !


    2020at12:59 am Reply

    Er. Battakalanda Muthanna.

    I know him during his college days in St. Joshep Bangalore. He was so dynamic, well built, intelligent and courageous person. He is very good sportsman. I can not imagine he is not with us now. I am very much confident another war hero is born somewhere in the land brave soldiers Coorg. he is inspirational to many youths in this county. He is never far from our hearts.

    • SukumarT

      2021at11:05 pm

      We as Indians will for ever be indebted to him for his supreme sacrifice . We pray to God to give strength to his family..Om Shanthi

  • Yu

    2021at12:10 pm Reply

    Jai hind God give us enough strength to take revenge

  • Prasad jarali

    2021at10:06 pm Reply

    A bravery sign of one of the brave soldier, like Maj Muthanna.
    A very inspirational and valour soul motivates new generation of us.

  • Rajarama Rajarama shetty uppala

    2021at4:01 am Reply

    Salutes!! to our dearest Best Soldier Major Mutthanna. his bravery is an inspiration to millions of Young soldiers!

  • Devaiah KG

    2021at10:32 pm Reply

    Date of birth is 12th July,1964

  • Harcharan Kaur

    2022at6:09 am Reply

    A big salute to the brave soul


    2022at8:01 am Reply

    The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the nation.

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