Service No : SS-37818

Place of birth : Kolkata Dist (WB)

Service : Army

Last Rank : Captain

Unit : 8 Sikh

Arm/Regt : The Sikh Regiment

Operation : Op Vijay ( Kargil )

Awards : Sena Medal

Martyrdom : May 21, 1999

Captain Kanad Bhattacharya SM

Capt Kanad Bhattacharya hailed from Baranagar in Kolkata in West Bengal. Son of an income tax officer, Capt Kanad was born and brought up at Tala near Shyambazar in north Calcutta. He studied in St. James School and graduated from SA Jaipuria college in Kolkata. Capt Kanad was a keen sportsman during his student days and played cricket very well. He also had an inclination towards martial arts and was a karate black belt holder.

 

Capt Kanad always nursed the idea of joining the armed forces and followed his dream after his college education. and a good cricketer. He joined the Army through OTA and was commissioned into 8 Sikh of the famed Sikh Regiment, one of the oldest regiments known for its intrepid soldiers and numerous battle honours. As his first assignment after commissioning, Capt Kanad got posted to the unit which was deployed in J &K and got involved in the Kargil war.

 

Kargil War: 21st May 1999

 

There were reports about Pakistani infiltration in May 1999 and Capt Kanad Bhattacharya’s unit was deployed along the LOC near Tiger Hill during that time. By the third week of May 1999, the legitimacy of these reports was proven and it had been established that the infiltration had been done on a large scale in various sectors, including the Tiger Hill area. Consequently, on 21 May, Capt Kanad Bhattacharya was tasked to establish a foothold on a northeastern ridge near Tiger Hill. The route was inaccessible and was covered with snow. While Sepoy Major Singh was climbing up, he detected the movement of intruders coming down with heavy weapons toward them. The intruders started firing at the patrol with heavy automatic and sniper fire. Capt Kanad Bhattacharya and Sepoy Major Singh divided the patrol into two groups and started engaging the intruders from different positions thereby displaying outstanding professional competence. The heavy exchange of fire continued between Capt Kanad’s patrol and the intruders.

 

Capt Kanad and his troops kept constantly returning the fire with grit and determination. In the ensuing firefight, a number of patrol members including Capt Kanad received multiple gunshot wounds. Capt Kanad Bhattacharya later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. The patrol could not come back and was declared missing in action on 21 May 99. The body of Capt Kanad Bhattacharya was recovered from the area of action on 15 Jul 99 buried in snow after the Indian forces had captured Tiger Hill. Capt Kanad was a gallant soldier and a fine officer who laid down his life in the service of the nation at the young age of 22 years.

 

Capt Kanad Bhattacharya was awarded the “Sena Medal” (Posthumous) for his courage, unyielding fighting spirit and supreme sacrifice.Capt Kanad Bhattacharya is survived by his mother Smt Purnima and sisters Purba Bhattacharya & Jaba Bhattacharya.

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50 Comments
  • Rupsha Ghosh

    2024 at 10:32 am Reply

    He was my father’s childhood friend. They lived in the same neighborhood

  • Veer tomake amar soto koti pronam Jai hind

    2024 at 10:32 am Reply

    Veer tomake amar sotokoti pronam. Jai hind

  • Gargi Panchodhayay

    2024 at 10:33 am Reply

    We should feel proud of you, a true patriot from Benga

  • jaskiran sur

    2024 at 10:34 am Reply

    Deh Shiva bar mohe ihe shubh kar man te kabho na taron
    (God, give me this boon that I may never hesitate from doing good deeds)
    Na daron arson jab jai ladon
    (that I may not fear, when I go and fight for the rightousness)
    Nischey kar anpi jeet karon
    (With determination, I shall be victorious)

    8 Sikh regiment’s moto

  • Sandip DattaGupta

    2024 at 10:34 am Reply

    Salute to that undying love for mother India…you are a great son…RIP KANAD BHATTACHARYA.

  • Paramjit Singh

    2024 at 10:35 am Reply

    Kanab bhattacharya,Amar rahe,nice person belongs from nice family ,ours neighbors on bonhoogly, Baranagar

  • Riya Raj

    2024 at 10:35 am Reply

    Lieutenant Kanad Bhattacharya…your sacrifice is unforgettable…really proud of you

  • Riya Raj

    2024 at 10:36 am Reply

    Lieutenant Kanad Bhattacharya…your sacrifice is unforgettable…really proud of you

  • Mayra Garg

    2024 at 10:36 am Reply

    Thank you Lieutenant Kanad Bhattacharya SM for your bravery and sacrifice to keep our country safe from our enemies. Thanks to all the heroes of Kargil War 1999.
    Mayra Garg
    2-D, New Horizon Gurukul, Bangalore

  • Honourpoint

    2024 at 10:37 am Reply

    In reply to Chandan Chatterjee.
    Responding to Bikash Gupta….
    There was a Bengali regiment around the time of First World War. It was disbanded in 1920 by the British.

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