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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  • Ganapathi Kodandera

    2023at8:14 am Reply

    Daredevil’s are born, they are not made.
    Long live your legacy. Jai Hind.

  • Nandkishore Hinduja

    2023at9:58 am Reply

    I am proud to know of such bravery and courage. These good souls live forever, in our memory. We must do more to recognize their bravery and sacrifice. My salute, forever.

  • Lt col kanti prakash Upadhyaya Ex 5SIKH.LI..

    2023at10:16 pm Reply

    I am proud of Major Muthanna. He sacrificed every thing even his own life to save and serve his motherland and protect his men. Muthanna Amer Rahe.

  • Kenneth Carter

    2023at7:40 pm Reply

    Salute to the brave Kodava warrior. Kodavas are always known for their gallant and brave warrior culture which is in their blood. Since their existence in this earth they are known for their bravery by birth. They are more proud for their legacy and know to have made the pseudo tiger of mysore bite the dust.! Respect and Salute to the warrior for his supreme sacrifice for the great nation.

  • Balasubramanyaprasad Bveerasangappa

    2023at11:37 am Reply

    ವೀರ ಮುತ್ತಣ್ಣ ನಂಥ ವೀರಾಗ್ರೆಸನಂತವರಿಗೆ ಮರಣವೆಂಬುದೇ ಇಲ್ಲ, ಇಂತಹವರು ಎಂದೆಂದಿಗೂ ವಂದನೀಯರು, ಜೈ ಹಿಂದ್ ಜೈ ಭಾರತ್

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