Service No : IC-71967M
Date of Birth : September 22, 1985
Place of birth : Narnaul, Haryana
Service : Army
Last Rank : Major
Unit : ASC/30 RR
Arm/Regt : Army Service Corps
Operation : CI & IS Ops
Awards : Shaurya Chakra
Martyrdom : February 14, 2017
Major Satish Dahiya was born on 22 Sep 1985 and hailed from Banihari village in Mahendragarh district of Haryana. The only child of Shri Achal Singh Dahiya and Smt Anita Devi, Maj Dahiya completed his schooling from Uttar Pradesh and pursued higher studies from Rajasthan University. Thereafter he joined the army and was commissioned on 12 Dec 2009 into the Army Service Corps, the logistic supply arm of Indian Army. After completing his training, he got posted to 1 Naga battalion deployed in J&K, as his first assignment. The unit was deployed at Nowgam in J&K and was engaged in counter insurgency operations. He soon honed his field craft skills and became Ghatak Platoon commander of the unit.
In the year 2012, he got married to Ms Sujata from Pawera village in Mahendragarh district and the couple had a daughter Priyasha on 15 April 2015. After serving with his Corps unit, 539 ASC battalion for a couple of years, Maj Dahiya was deputed to serve with 30 RR battalion deployed in J & K area for counterinsurgency operations. While serving with 30 Rashtriya Rifles unit, Maj Dahiya participated in many counterinsurgency operations. He was a soldier at heart and an officer par excellence, who believed in leading from the front in an operation like a true military leader.
Handwara Operation(J&K): 14 Feb 2017
During Feb 2017, Maj Satish Dahiya was serving with 30 RR battalion deployed in Kupwara district of J&K. The battalion under the command of Col Rajiv Saharan was engaged in counter-insurgency operations on a regular basis. On 14 Feb 2017, information was received from the intelligence sources about the presence of terrorists in Hajin Kralgund village in Handwara town of Kupwara district. After analyzing the specific inputs it was decided by the security forces to launch a joint operation of J & K police and army’s 30 RR unit to nab the terrorists. The joint team swung into action and the operation started around 5 PM in the evening of Feb 14, 2017. As per the intelligence inputs, the militants were holed up in a residential building and the joint team threw a cordon around the suspected area.
The joint team comprised two cordon parties with the outer cordon being led by the CO himself, which was meant to prevent escapes and provide back up to the inner cordon when needed. The inner cordon had two teams; one being led by Maj Satish Dahiya and the other by one JCO. As Maj Satish Dahiya and his troops reached the suspected house, the terrorists opened fire at them from their hideout. Maj Satish Dahiya leading the operation, tactically moved his troops to close all escape routes for the militants. The militants in sheer desperation resorted to indiscriminate and heavy firing against the troops. Maj Dahiya then sneaked into the compound of the residential building along with his buddy, taking cover of the small mound of earth available there.
In the ensuing gun fight, Maj Dahiya received a gun shot and got wounded. Undeterred Maj Dahiya continued to engage the terrorists without caring for his injuries. In the meantime, the terrorists lobbed grenades at the troops which injured three of three of his comrades. Maj Dahiya asked for reinforcement for their evacuation but refused it for himself. Maj Dahiya continued to fight and managed to eliminate another terrorist. The third terrorist was subsequently killed by the outer cordon troops. By then, Maj Dahiya had suffered heavy loss of blood and needed immediate medical attention. He was evacuated for medical treatment to 92 Base Hospital but it was too late. He soon succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Maj Satish Dahiya was a gallant soldier and a gritty officer, who laid down his life in the service of the nation following the highest traditions of the Indian Army. Maj Satish Dahiya was given the gallantry award, “Shaurya Chakra” for his raw courage, leadership, fighting spirit and supreme sacrifice.
Maj Satish Dahiya is survived by his father Shri Achal Singh Dahiya, mother Smt Anita Devi, wife Smt Sujata Dahiya and daughter Priyasha.