Service No: IC48463M

Date of Birth :Feb 11, 1961

Birth Place :Karnataka

Service: Army

Last Rank: Major

Unit : 59 Engr Regt

Arm/Regt : Bengal Engineer Group

Operation : Op Rhino (Assam)

Award: Shaurya Chakra

Date of Martyrdom : 24 Feb 1999

Major Mohan Gangadharan SC

Major Mohan Gangadharan was born on 11th Feb 1961 in a military family to Lt Col K G Gangadharan(Retd) and Smt Sarojini Gangadharan. Besides his father, his brother and co-brother too served in the Army. Maj Mohan did his schooling from Saint Francis, Lucknow and Saint Edmund College, Shillong. He then went on to study engineering from REC, Surathkal, now known as NIT Surathkal in Mangalore in civil engineering stream.

 

After his graduation, Maj Mohan, true to his family tradition, joined the Army, through the Indian Military Academy on 18th December. He was commissioned into 59 Engr Regt of the Corps of Engineers, the Corps that provides all the engineering services to the Indian Army during peace as well as war. Apart from being a committed soldier, Maj Mohan had keen interest in sports and excelled in many disciplines. Besides being a champion basketball player, a swimming champion and a coach, he was the best sharpshooter of his regiment in the Army.

 

Op Rhino : 24 Feb 1999

 

On the fateful day of 24th Feb 1999, Maj Mohan was Post Commander at Shankarbasti Post in Naugong District of Assam, operating under 311 Mountain Brigade, under Operation Rhino. In the evening Maj Mohan’s unit had received intelligence report that a group of militants were holed up at Jainkhan village. Maj Mohan immediately rushed to the village with the Quick Reaction Team and placed a cordon around the village. A group of three armed militants on a motorbike tried to flee the cordon in the cover of darkness. Using their guns they laid down a curtain of bullets to facilitate their escape.

 

Unmindful of the deadly barrage, Maj Mohan charged through with his gun blazing and brought down one militant called Pratap, hitting him in his leg. Pratap was a self styled Area Commander of the action group of Karbi National Volunteers. During this armed conflict Maj Mohan received bullet injuries in the right arm and chest and fell down. Despite being severely injured and blood pouring out of his wounds, Maj Mohan got up undeterred and resumed the charge, with the gun now in his left hand. Maj Mohan’s bullets found their marks and Pratap was killed and then he turned his attention to the other two militants too. Maj Mohan was still firing when he finally collapsed and was martyred. Due to the exemplary courage and leadership displayed by Maj Mohan, the other two militants were captured and a huge cache of arms was seized.

 

For the conspicuous gallantry and supreme sacrifice Maj Mohan was awarded the gallantry award, Shaurya Chakra posthumously on 15th August 1999. Maj Mohan Gangadharan is survived by his wife Smt Ranjini Mohan and daughter Nayanthara.

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5 Comments
  • Bala Menon

    2017at7:58 pm Reply

    Every soldier who serves is supreme. We owe our freedoms and advancements to their bravery and sacrifices. Tributes to Maj Mohan Gangadharan.

  • Lt Col Varghese K P

    2019at6:12 pm Reply

    We served together in 236. Most unassuming officer. Lovable person. I salute the hero. May his soul RIP. Lt Col Varghese

  • Harish Chandra

    2021at11:21 am Reply

    I also Know to Maj Mohan Gangadharan because of he was our training officer at No 1 Training battalion in 1996. Really he was very great leader of our force. I always salute him. RIP to Maj Mohan

    From Harish (corps of Engineer)

  • Major General MPS Kandal (Retd)

    2021at1:11 pm Reply

    As GOC 22 Inf Div, I was privileged to have braveCapt Mohan as the ADC. He moved back to the Regiment for his promotion in 1995. Gave his life in the cause of duty.God bless his soul.
    My wife and I remember him and his young wife Ranjini so very fondly and affectionately. They were family.
    Ranjini is in Bangalore. Wish the post did include her too in this recount.
    Today just happened to see this post .Brought back fond memories of Mohan and Ranjini .
    19 Aug 2021
    Bhopal

  • NB SUB DALBIR SINGH 59 Engr Regt

    2021at11:27 pm Reply

    Major Gangadharan was a very calm and high level person, he had done his job in making the soldiers qualified soldiers by getting them high level training by staying in the 1st Training Battalion of Bengal Engineer Group and Center Roorkee, may God always place his soul at his feet. And we soldiers of number 1 training corps will always remember him.

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