Place of Birth: Nizamabad Dist
Last Rank : Rifleman
Unit : 18 Madras
Arm/Regt: The Madras Regiment
Operation : CI & IS Ops
Date of Martyrdom: 08 Nov 2020
Rifleman Ryada Maheshwar hailed from Komanpally village in Velpur Mandal of Nizamabad district. Son of Shri Ryada Raju and Smt Gangamallu, Rfn Ryada Maheshwar had another brother as his sibling. After completing his class XII from a college in Nizamabad, he joined the Army in the year 2015 at the age of 21 years. He came from a humble family of farmers and worked hard to get selected in the Army. He got recruited into 18 Madras of the Madras Regiment, an infantry Regiment well known for its brave soldiers and numerous battle honours.
After completing his initial training Rfn Ryada Maheshwar got posted to Assam as his first assignment. He later served in Dehradun before being posted to the trouble torn J&K area. After serving for a couple of years, he married to Ms Suhasini, daughter of an Army veteran in the year 2019.
Machil Sector Operation: 08 Nov 2020
During Nov 2020, Rfn Ryada Maheshwar‘s unit 18 Madras was deployed in Kupwara district of J&K close to the Line of Control(LOC). The unit troops were engaged in counter-insurgency operations on a regular basis as its AOR (Area of Operation) was affected by active militancy. The LOC remained highly active and volatile with ceasefire violations occurring very often and without any warning. Besides manning the forward posts in Machil sector in Kupwara district, Rfn Ryada Maheshwar’s unit also undertook operations to check the infiltration bids as its AOR was prone to infiltration by the militants from across the border. On 08 Nov 2020, one such infiltration bid was reported by the BSF patrol at around 0100 hrs near the anti-infiltration obstacle system about 3.5 Kms from the LOC.
As the fire fight escalated, the soldiers from 18 Madras were rushed in take on the infiltrators. The team from 18 Madras led by Capt Ashutosh Kumar included Rfn Ryada Maheshwar among many other soldiers. Rfn Ryada Maheshwar and his comrades swung into action to foil the infiltration bid and neutralize the militants. The contact with the militants was lost around 0400 hrs but was reestablished at around 1020 hrs as the infiltrators were being tracked by various surveillance devices. Capt Ashutosh Kumar deployed his troops tactically to block the possible escape routes and engaged them aggressively. In the ensuing fierce gun-battle three militants were eliminated. However during the exchange of fire Rfn Ryada Maheshwar and four of his comrades received gun shots and were seriously injured. Later Rfn Ryada Maheshwar and two more soldiers including the team leader Capt Ashutosh Kumar & Hav Praveen Kumar succumbed to their injuries and were martyred. Rfn Ryada Maheshwar was a valiant and committed soldier, who laid down his life in the line of his duty at the age of 26 years.
Rfn Ryada Maheshwar is survived by his father Shri Ryada Raju, mother Smt Gangamallu and wife Smt Suhasini.
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