Service No: IC-54327M

Place of Birth : Thane, Maharashtra

Service: Army

Last Rank: Major

Unit: 3 Para (SF)

Arm/Regt: The Parachute Regiment

Awards : KC

Date of Martyrdom : Nov 27, 2006

Major Manish Hiraji Pitambare KC

Major Manish Hiraji Pitambare was born in the year 1975 to Sri Hiraji Ambo Pitambare and Smt Hemangini Pitambare in Thane. Since his childhood, Maj Pitambare was fascinated by Army life and worked hard to pursue his dream. In his student days he was a brilliant student and a very good athlete as well. After obtaining very good grades in SSC examination, he announced his plan of joining the Armed Forces to his parents. His parents wanted him to be a doctor and initially did not approve his plan but Maj Pithambare’s school teacher Jayshree Jog convinced his parents to let him pursue his heart.


Consequently he joined the NDA and later on the Indian Military Academy (IMA) and was commissioned into the Indian Army in the year of 1996. He later volunteered to get trained as a Special Forces commando and joined the elite 3 Para(SF) battalion of the Parachute Regiment. By 2006,  Maj Pithambare had put in about 10 years of service and evolved into a tough and committed soldier. He took part in numerous daredevil operations in very challenging situations in different operational areas. Maj Pitambare was also part of the team that tracked down Al Badr militant Toufik Akmal, wanted for his suspected links to the  Mumbai train bombings in July 2006. He got married to Mughda in the year 2003 and the couple had a daughter Yukta in 2005.


Bijbehara Operation : 27 Nov 2006


During 2006, Maj Pitambare was serving with the 3rd battalion of the Parachute Regiment deployed for counter-insurgency operations in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. By Nov 2006  Maj Pitambare had almost completed his tenure in J & K and was getting ready to join his next assignment in Agra. During his tenure Major Pitambare had participated in four Army operations and led high-risk mission not only to neutralize seven terrorists, but also had rescued three civilians. However on 27 Nov he got involved in yet another counter insurgency operation. His unit got information from the intelligence sources about the presence of a hard core terrorist and one of the top commanders of the outfit, Hizbul Mujahideen in Bijbehara area of south Kashmir.  Based on the information the unit decided to launch a search and cordon operation under the leadership Maj Pitambare to nab the terrorist. 


On the night of 27th Nov 2006, his team reached the suspected area and cordoned it off . On being challenged the terrorists fired at the troops triggering a gun battle lasting for several hours. During the battle Maj Pitambare made courageous moves and succeeded in killing the dreaded terrorist Suhail Faisal one of the top commanders of the outfit. In the continuing exchange of fire one of the soldiers got injured seriously and Maj Pitambare without caring for his personal safety moved forward to shift him to a safer location. During this attempt he exposed himself to the enemy fire and got wounded seriously. He later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Maj Pitambare was a gallant soldier and a fine officer who led from the front like a true military leader. 


Maj Manish Pitambare was given the nation’s second highest peace time gallantry award, “Kirti Chakra” for his outstanding courage, unfaltering leadership and supreme sacrifice.  Maj Pitambare is survived by his wife Mugdha Pitambare and daughter Yukta.

  •  “He sent me an SMS saying that he is leaving for an important mission and will call me immediately after returning.” I replied and waited for a call, but it never came. For him, the army was everything. We all were secondary when it came to his job and his mission,” said   Mugdha PitambareMajor Manish Pitambare‘s wife.
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  • Bency P Jacob

    2017at12:58 pm Reply

    Manish was commissioned into 21 SIKH and served with me in the unit before joining Para(SF). A jovial officer whom we all in Ekees miss.

  • Theresa Leyal

    2017at11:57 am Reply

    Your sacrifice will always be remembered and you will remain a hero for countless Indians. I salute you. Jai Hind

  • Tushar Patil

    2018at10:17 pm Reply

    Sir Your Sacrifice would always be remembered…..

  • Tango charlie

    2019at10:22 pm Reply

    Maj Manish is the alumni of the prestigious Services Preparatory Institute, Aurangabad

  • Madhukar Dhuri

    2020at11:55 pm Reply

    He was my school class mate in Thane. I remember him not only for intelligence but for sports and outdoor activities during school time too. We are proud of you Sir.

    • Tejas Deshmukh

      2022at10:35 pm

      So How is his family right now ?? They are not seen on any occasion of 15 th August ?

  • Aditya Remani

    2021at8:24 am Reply

    A dear friend and coursemate
    Soft spoken and gentle being
    Prayers for his family on the day of his martyrdom 27 Nov. Deepest respects

  • SPS Rawat

    2021at11:40 am Reply

    You are missed my brother. Mere words are not enough to describe your dedication and commitment to tasks which you set out for yourself. Proud to have known and trained with you..
    Om Shanti..

  • Aditya J Paul

    2023at7:41 am Reply

    It’s twenty seven years now since we swore to serve the motherland and donned the olive green. We, Alamein company, the one you led as a Cadet Company Sargent Major, will meet this month at our alma mater. We are all middle aged now, but you are forever young. We’ll miss you CSM…

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