Service No: IC-50480

Place of birth : Jalandhar, Punjab

Service No: IC-50480

Service: Army

Last Rank: Major

Unit : 11 Sikh

Arm/Regt : The Sikh Regiment

Operation: Op Rhino (Assam)

Date of Martyrdom : May 02, 1999

Major Raman Dada KC

Major Raman Dada hailed from Jalandhar in Punjab and nursed the idea of joining the Armed Forces since his childhood. Maj Raman Dada completed his schooling from Apee Jay School in Jalandhar and thereafter pursued his bachelors degree in commerce from DAV College, Jalandhar. Son of Mr Ravi Dada, a prominent businessman in Jalandhar, Maj Raman Dada was not interested in family business and wanted to become an Army officer.

 

He followed his dream and joined the Army in the year 1991. He was commissioned into 11 Sikh of the famed Sikh Regiment, a regiment known for its valiant soldiers and a rich history of battle honours. Maj Raman Dada got  married to Anjani, daughter of an Army veteran Colonel H.S. Dogra, whose son Capt Rajesh Dogra, was martyred in the Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir.

 

Operation Rhino: 02 May 1999

 

During 1999, Maj Raman Dada’s unit was  deployed in Assam under 21 Mountain Division. He joined the unit on 01 April 1999 and got involved in the ongoing Operation Rhino. On 01 May 1999, the security forces received information from the intelligence sources about the presence of some hard core militants belonging to the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) in Biswanath Chariali reserve forest area in central Assam’s Sonitar district. A decision was taken to launch an operation to flush out the militants under the leadership of Maj Raman Dada.

 

The assault team led by Maj Raman Dada set out for the assigned task and cordoned off the suspected area in the forest. The task was challenging as the area was mountainous and covered with thick vegetation as well.  As the troops approached the hideout, the militants opened fire at them and a gun battle ensued thereafter. Maj Raman Dada and his troops retaliated and in a courageous action killed few militants. Subsequently Maj Raman Dada had to engage another militant in a hand-to-hand combat.  Maj Dada manged to kill the militant but in the process, got wounded critically. Though bleeding profusely, he refused to be evacuated and shot dead another fleeing militant before succumbing to his injuries.

 

Thus in this act of outstanding bravery far beyond the call of duty, Maj Raman Dada led from front and made the supreme sacrifice in the highest traditions of his Regiment. As a result of this gallant action by Maj Raman Dada, the troops eliminated all the seven dreaded militants of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) and a large recovery of arms, ammunition and incriminating documents was made. Maj Raman Dada was given the nation’s second highest peace time gallantry award, “Kirti Chakra” for his exceptional courage, leadership and supreme sacrifice.

 

Maj Raman Dada is survived by his father Mr Ravi Dada, wife Anjani and  son Dhruv.

  • A Chowk (square) in Jalandhar has been named after Maj Raman Dada in his honour.
  • A market has been named as ‘Major Raman Dada Market’ in Jalandhar.

” We salute you our Hero, your supreme sacrifice will not go waste. Your name shall be written in golden letters in the history of the Sikh Regiment.”By: Commanding Officer ( 11 Sikh Battalion)

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4 Tributes
  • Simi Kalsi - Jalandhar,Punjab

    2017 at 12:28 am Reply

    Actually, there are no words to appreciate the Ultimate Sacrifice- The Sacrifice of Life. Maj Raman Dada gave his Life for his country in the prime of his youth.

    There are no sufficient words to provide solace for the family either. May God protect them in the Kindness of his Embrace! Jai Hind

  • Ajay Kumar - Ahmednagar,Maharashtra

    2017 at 12:08 pm Reply

    I salute your heroism and sacrifice. We shall forever remain indebted to you for your service to the nation. Jai Hind

  • Colonel Vijay Kumar Pant - Dehradun,Uttarakhand

    2018 at 5:23 pm Reply

    As a veteran Colonel, I salute the ultimate sacrifice of the young officer. Actually the country should have special awards for the parents who groomed the son to be a perfect officer n a true” son of India”and the Veer Nari, his wife a true daughter of India.All martyr’s families should be given the title of “the first family of the nation” and they should be accorded “First citizens of India” status.

  • Sonal Shah - Dehradun,Uttarakhand

    2018 at 10:47 pm Reply

    We all salute the bravery of major Raman dada ,God bless his family Jai Hind

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