Service No: IC-56616

Date of Birth: Feb 21, 1975

Date of Birth: Gurgaon, Haryana

Service: Army

Last Rank :Lieutenant

Unit: 13 Punjab

Arm/Regt : The Punjab Regiment

Operation :Op Rakshak (J&K)

Award : Sena Medal

Date of Martyrdom :Oct 14, 1998

Lieutenant Atul Katarya SM

Lt Atul Katarya was born on February 21, 1975, in Gurgaon in a family with long army tradition. He showed leadership qualities right from his childhood and always wanted to join the army and follow in the footsteps of his father. After completing his schooling, he joined NDA and passed out in 1995. Lt Atul passed out of  IMA in 1996 and was commissioned to one of the most illustrious regiments of the Indian Army, 13 Punjab (Jind).


Lt Atul was a dynamic and committed soldier and soon proved his mettle in the unit. In a short span of time, he developed the ability to gather information about insurgents employing unconventional and innovative methods. Lt Atul volunteered himself for high-risk missions and played a pivotal role in the elimination of scores of militants during his short tenure of two years in Kashmir.


Pulwama Operation: 14 Oct 1998


On getting specific intelligence reports about the presence of militants in Sangarwani area in Pulwama district, Lt Atul’s unit was tasked to engage them on 14th October 1998. Lt Atul Katarya was chosen to lead that mission and he immediately swung into action with his team. Lt Atul launched the offensive along with his troops and charged into the militant hideout with his gun blazing with full fury. A fierce gun-battle ensued and Lt Atul killed four militants during the encounter. But Lt Atul got caught in a barrage of bullets and was martyred.


Lt Atul always led from the front and his raw courage and daredevilry earned him great respect among his troops. Lt Atul lived by the ethos, “Service before self” and followed it in his personal life too. He was an officer par excellence and a thorough gentleman too. His amicable behavior and positive attitude endeared him to the local populace too, who would lovingly call him “ABDUL”. Even at a tender of 23 years with barely two years of service, this brave soldier proved to be an inspiring leader and died a hero’s death showing considerable courage and leadership skills. Lt Atul Katarya was awarded “Sena Medal” for his bravery, leadership and supreme sacrifice in the service to the nation.


Lt Atul Katarya is survived by his father Col Dhanraj Katarya, an Army veteran, mother Smt Sumitra Katarya and younger brother Amit Katarya.

  • A crossroad junction in the city of Gurgaon has been named as “Atul Katarya Chowk” in his memory.
  • An educational institute known as ” Lt Atul Katarya Memorial School”, has been built in his memory, located near  Sheetla Mata Parisar in Gurgaon, Haryana. The school is being run by Lt Atul Katarya Memorial Trust, managed by his parents Col Dhanraj Katarya(Retd) and Mrs Sumitra Katarya.
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  • Ravi kumar

    2019 at 8:50 pm Reply

    Salute my great indian real hero

  • Hardip Bhullar

    2019 at 6:31 pm Reply

    Brace heart and a true patriot

    • Hardip Bhullar

      2019 at 6:32 pm

      Brave heart

  • Anurag Kanishk Modi

    2020 at 5:23 am Reply

    Indian Army needs Heroes like Atul Katarya, to grace our Motherland.

    • Divya jot

      2020 at 9:23 am

      Salute to Lt Atul Katarya for his supreme sacrifice . He will be in our hearts forever.
      Salute to the Mrs. Sumitra Katarya who gave this brave power to the motherland and Salute to Col. Dhanraj Katarya for showing his loving son the path of bravery and sacrifice for the motherland.

  • Karamveer Swami

    2020 at 4:03 pm Reply

    Today Is The Death Anniversary Of this Great Legend And I Am Very Happy that This Legend Took Birth in India. In His Memory One Chowk In Gurgaon Name Lt Atul Kataria Chowk Is Named Which Is Near From My Home And I Salute Him For His Supreme Sacrifice.May God Give This Opportunity To Me Also To Prove My Blood. JAI HIND

  • Atul

    2022 at 12:12 pm Reply

    Indian army

  • Tapeshwar Negi

    2022 at 3:27 pm Reply

    Great salute to our hero.

  • Gurdeep Kumar Arora

    2022 at 4:47 pm Reply

    Salute jai Hind

  • Shiv Sharma

    2023 at 11:39 am Reply


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