Major Rushikesh Vallabh Bhai Ramani

Service No : IC 66829 F

Date of Birth : Oct 8, 1983

Service: Army

Last Rank: Major

Unit : 23 Punjab

Arm/Regt : The Punjab Regiment

Award : SM

Date of Martyrdom : 07 Jun 2009

Major Rushikesh Vallabh Bhai Ramani SM

Maj Rushikesh Ramani was born on 8th October 1983 and was the only son of Gujarat-based Sri Vallabhbhai Ramani and Smt Geetaben Ramani. Right from his childhood Maj Rushikesh was very close to his parents and had deep respect for Indian culture. Maj Ramani completed his primary and high school education from Balachadi Sainik School located near Jamnagar in Gujarat from 1995 to 2001. He secured 85% in his class XII examination and was known for his brilliant academic record in the school. During his school days, he also functioned as a school captain and had a special interest in adventurous games.


After completing of his schooling he chose a career in Indian Armed Forces as he always wanted to serve in the army since his childhood. He joined the National Defense Academy at Pune and then IMA Dehradun in 2004. On 11th June 2005  Maj Rushikeh Ramani was commissioned into 23 Punjab of the Punjab Regiment, a regiment known for its fearless soldiers and numerous battle honours. With in short span of time the young Lt Ramani was chosen for the Special Operation Task Force for his boldness and daring leadership. He was soon promoted to the rank of Major while serving in the field area of J & K.


Kupwara Operation : 07 June 2009


During March 2009, Maj Ramani’s unit was deployed in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir for counter-insurgency operations. His unit was operating very close to the ‘Line of Control’ in an area that was very prone to infiltration by the militants from across the border. The unit troops were engaged in close monitoring of infiltration routes and had to maintain a very strict vigil through armed patrols all the time. Maj Ramani was functioning as a company commander of his unit and was engaged in counter-insurgency operations on a regular basis. Based on reports from intelligence sources, Maj Ramani was tasked to detect and prevent infiltration from across the border on 07 June 2009. After analyzing the available inputs, Maj Ramani immediately prepared a plan to deploy his troops in search and ambush operation in the area.


Towards midnight of 06-07 Jun 09, Major RV Ramani noticed a group of 5 terrorists moving stealthily near Gulab Post 3 Kms inside the ‘Line of Control’. On 07 June 2009, at about 1:15 AM, Major Ramani was able to establish contact with an infiltrating group of terrorists who fired at the troops on being challenged. Showing extreme alertness and presence of mind, Major RV Ramani immediately reorganized his search and ambush party to take on all the terrorists together in the killing zone. A fierce gun battle ensued thereafter and the terrorists tried to escape using the cover of the dense forest. Due to heavy rains and adverse weather conditions, eye contact with the remaining troops got broken and Maj Ramani had to face the entire group of militants alone with his Jawan (buddy- pair).


During the heavy exchange of fire, Maj Ramani received a burst of 12 bullets in his chest and abdomen. Despite the serious bullet injuries, Maj Ramani with total disregard to his personal safety or well being, continued to fire at the terrorists. Till such time the reinforcements arrived, Major RV Ramani led his men from the front and in spite of bleeding profusely shot dead three terrorists. Subsequently, Maj Ramani succumbed to his injuries and was martyred.


During the entire operation, Maj Ramani displayed exceptional courage, devotion to duty, leadership and bravery of the highest order in the face of the enemy. With this selfless and heroic act of conspicuous bravery, Maj Ramani single-handedly foiled and successfully prevented the infiltration attempt by Pakistani terrorists. Maj Rushikesh Ramani was given the gallantry award, “Sena Medal” posthumously for his outstanding bravery, unfaltering leadership and supreme sacrifice.


Maj Rushikesh Ramani is survived by his father Sri Vallabhbhai Ramani and mother Smt Geetaben Ramani.

A Trust called, ” Major Rushikesh Ramani Memorial Trust” has been formed by the family of Maj Ramani in his honour at Ahmedabad. The stated objectives of the Trust are:

  • To give information, guidance and inspiration to the young boys and girls of Gujarat to join military service.
  • To render assistance to financially weak students by way of financial assistance in the form of scholarships and fees for education.
  • To appreciate and award the members of the Indian Armed Forces and  para-military and police forces, who have sacrificed their lives for the nation.
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  • Shyambhai Mohanbhai Dudhat

    2019at11:14 pm Reply

    I have very pravud his sacrifice. I salute majer rushing bhai ramani. Also salute his mother gitaben and vallabhbhai give Bharat grait son. I heartly pray God.god keep his soul peace.

  • Pk

    2019at8:51 pm Reply

    Selfless sacrifice towards the safety of our nation and every individual


      2019at4:38 pm

      Rushikesh was my favorite student in Sainik School Balachadi, Jamnagar (Gujarat). He was very sober, intelligent, obedient, disciplined, trustworthy and well behaved student. He was appointed as School Captain by us. He was very closely monitored and groomed by me being his Headmaster for three years. I am proud of him.
      I salute to the Brave Soldier & Martyrs Major Rushikesh Ramani, who has given his life for the motherland!

  • Pk

    2019at8:53 pm Reply

    Salute to the loyalty brave soldier

  • Dipeshkumar bambhaniya

    2019at10:52 am Reply

    I Dipeshkumarbambhaniya, roll no-5405, house-Angre, Passed out batch 2019. I am an NDA aspirant and I am proud of Maj Rushikesh Ramani and a martyrs never dies he is always in our heart. Thanks to him for serving our nation. He is our hero.

    • Chirag

      2021at4:38 pm

      Salute you

  • Rushikesh Duse

    2020at6:03 pm Reply

    Very proud of my namesake and respected Sir.

  • Harminder singh

    2020at11:28 am Reply

    Salute sir

  • Sandeep patel

    2020at3:57 pm Reply

    A big salute to maj Rishikesh Ramani sir..we all are safe here because of you all *vir javan* of our country.Jay hind.

  • Jatin Patel

    2022at1:17 pm Reply

    Millions Salute to Major Rushikesh Sir a Nation Hero….always remember for your bravery and courage and you always live in our all indians Hearts…

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