Ashoka Chakra for Major Dinesh Raghu Raman
New Delhi, Jan 25 : President Pratibha Patil will confer the Ashok Chakra posthumously to Major Dinesh Raghu Raman at the Republic Day Celebrations at Rajpath on Saturday.
Born to SK Murthy and Mala on April 6, 1978, Major Raman did his schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya, INA Colony, New Delhi and joined National Defence Academy in 1996.
After passing out from NDA, he was commissioned into 19th Battalion of the JAT Regiment.
During his short career, Major Raman served in various appointments and was awarded Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card in Drass during Operation Parakram.
Major Raman was posted to 34 Rashtriya Rifles Battalion (JAT) on February 22, 2006. In recognition of his leadership qualities and professional competence, he was given command of 'C' Company at Aripanthan.
He had already conducted a very successful operation "OP Narawar" in June 2007 culminating in elimination of 3 hardcore terrorists in his AOR.
On October 2, 2007, Major Raman deployed his company in a village in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir where an encounter with terrorists had commenced.
While closing in on suspected houses, Major Raman heard shouts of a fellow officer who had been seriously injured.
Displaying camaraderie and esprit-de-corps of the highest order, he crawled towards him under heavy hostile fire. He extricated him and two other injured soldiers to safety.
He then took on two terrorists who had caused heavy casualties to the troops and in a fierce close quarter battle shot both of them dead.
The other terrorists fired on Major Raman from another house. In the ensuing firefight, Major Raman was seriously injured.
Undeterred, he continued leading and motivating his troops and pinned down the terrorists till he fell unconscious. He later succumbed to his injuries.
Major Raman displayed most conspicuous bravery besides camaraderie and leadership of the highest order. He made the supreme sacrifice for the nation.
Three others, Captain Harshan R of 2 Parachute Regiment, Special Forces (Posthumous); Naib Subedar Chunni Lal, VrC, SM of 8 J and K Light Infantry (Posthumous) and Colonel Vasanth Venugopal of 9 Maratha Light Infantry (Posthumous), who were awarded Ashoka Chakra on the eve of Independence Day, 2007, will also be honoured at the Republic Day parade.