Service No : 2788674
Date of Birth : Jun 1, 1970
Place of Birth : Mamadapur, Karnataka
Last Rank: Naik
Unit : 12 Maratha
Operation : Op Parakram
Award : Badge of Sacrifice
Date of Martyrdom : Apr 8, 2003
Naik Mallikarjun Hanumanth Murabandi hailed from Mamadapur village in Belgaum district of Karnataka and was born to Hanumantha and Bowramma on 1st June 1970. Naik Mallikarjun Hanumanth completed his primary and higher secondary education in his hometown and joined the college in Bijapur. He was third among four siblings. After completing his II year PUC he decided to join Indian Army.
He was commissioned into 12 Maratha in the year 1991. Naik Mallikarjun Hanumanth got married to Bharthi in the year 1996, and the couple had one & only son.
Naik Mallikarjun Naik Mallikarjun after serving in various operational areas like Jammu, Punjab, Deharadun and was also sent to South Africa for a couple of years by his company. Naik Mallikarjun was posted to the unit in Himachal Pradesh in 2003. By that time he had put in about 13 years of service and evolved into a committed soldier. He also had gathered experience of participating in numerous counter-insurgency operations during his short service career. Besides being a tough and a dedicated soldier, he was an excellent sportsman.
Operation Parakram: 08 April 2003
During 2003 Naik Mallikarjun unit was deployed in Himachal Pradesh. It was heavy snowfall. It was one of the remote parts of the valley and remains inaccessible not only during winter but the whole year. The sector is heavily militarized and soldiers are stationed on mountaintop posts to guard the Line of Control and prevent infiltration of militants.
On 8th April 2003 in the mountainous northern region of the Himachal Pradesh received heavy snowfall resulting in avalanches in the area. Naik Mallikarjun along with his six comrades got stuck inside the tent struggled a lot and was not able to come out of the tent as it was fully covered by the snow, Naik Mallikarjun and their fellow men laid down their lives in the service of the nation and honored by Badge of sacrifice award.
Naik Mallikarjun Hanumanth Murabandi is survived by his wife Bharathi serving as a teacher in Bagalkot and only son Chethan mallikarjun of 20 years old at present doing his BE.
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