Service No : IC-50575

Place of Birth: Maharashtra

Service: Army

Last Rank : Lt Col

Unit : 22 RR / 24 Punjab

Arm/Regt: The Punjab Regiment

Awards : KC

Date of Martyrdom : Mar 16,2008

Lt Col Manish Shashikant Kadam KC

Lt Col Manish Shashikant Kadam, hailed from Sarambal village in the Konkan region of  Maharashtra. Son of Shri Shashikant Kadam and Smt Shubadda Kadam, Lt Col Manish had inclination to join the Armed Forces since his younger days and thus joined the Services Preparatory Institute at Aurangabad. He got selected to join the prestigious National Defence Academy, where his childhood dream of becoming an officer in the army took shape. He was commissioned into the famed Punjab Regiment, a Regiment known for its gallantry and numerous battle exploits.


After serving for few years with his Regiment Lt Col Manish was later deputed to serve with 22 RR deployed in J & K. The Rashtriya Rifles is a counter-insurgency force completely composed of Indian Army personnel, who undergo pre-induction training and operate in a grid structure to deal with insurgents.


Baramulla Operation : 16 Mar 2008


During 2008 Lt Col Manish’s unit was deployed in Baramulla district of J & K and was engaged in counter-insurgency operations at regular frequency. The area of responsibility of his unit was infested with the terrorists and the troops had to maintain a high state of alert at all times.  Based on the information received from the intelligence sources about the presence of some hard core terrorists, the security forces decided to launch a search and cordon operation on 16 Mar 2008 in a village in Baramulla district. The team headed by Lt Col Manish Kadam reached the suspected area as per the operation plan and cordoned off the area. Lt Col Manish Kadam deployed his troops tactically to have a tight cordon in order to plug the possible escape routes. 


Lt Col Manish Kadam in an effort to avoid collateral casualties ordered his troops to move civilians to safe area. However during the process of evacuation of civilians one terrorist taking advantage of the situation attempted to break the cordon. Lt Col Manish Kadam in a swift action fired at the terrorist and injured him avoiding any collateral casualty.  The terrorist slipped away and got cornered in another house approximately 200 meter away. Lt Col Manish Kadam displaying grit and determination lobbed a grenade to force the terrorist out of the house. The terrorist attempted to flee but Lt Col Manish Kadam displayed exceptional courage and in a daring move killed the terrorist. However during the fierce exchange of fire, Lt Col Manish Kadam took a burst of fire from the terrorist and was grievously injured.  He later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Lt Col Manish Kadam was a valiant soldier and a determined officer who laid down his life in the service of the nation. 


Lt Col Manish Kadam was given the nation’s second highest peace time gallantry award, “Kirti Chakra” for his extraordinary bravery, unfaltering leadership and selfless service to the nation. Lt Col Manish Kadam is survived by his father Shri Shashikant Kadam, mother Smt Shubadda Kadam, wife Smt Smita and son Siddhant.

The citation for Kirti Chakra awarded to him reads:


Based on an information about presence of terrorists in a village on 16 March 08, Lt Col Manish Kadam acted in a deliberate manner to establish cordon around the target house. During the process of evacuation of civilians to avoid collateral casualty, one terrorist taking advantage of the situation attempted to break the cordon. Officer was quick to react and fired on the terrorist and injured him avoiding casualty to civilians. The terrorist was cornered in another house approximately 200 meter away. The officer displayed presence of mind and lobbed a grenade to force the terrorist out of the house. The terrorist attempted to flee and the officer engaged him in a fire fight. The officer displayed exceptional courage and was quick to respond and killed the terrorist. In the ensuing fire fight a burst of fire from the terrorist weapon caused grievous to the officer who later succumbed to his injuries displaying conspicuous valour and making supreme sacrifice of rare order.

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  • Ashish Vohra

    2019 at 12:43 am Reply

    Sir you are always in our hearts…we never forget your sacrifice… god bless your family

  • Kalpesh. J.Desai

    2019 at 8:47 pm Reply

    My childhood friend, studied in same school,played together,he tought. Me to play musical instrument bongo, first song we played was from movie Qurbani ( Lai la mein Laila) he still lives in my heart.

  • Brijesh Nandan

    2020 at 10:31 am Reply

    Hats Off to Manish Kadam…. I salute him.

    • Kaustubh Rohidas Rane

      2020 at 8:16 pm

      Absolute act of bravery depicted by Lt.Col.Manish Kadam Sir. Hailing from the same district (Sindhudurg) , I feel so proud of Him. I’m aspiring to be an Armed Forces Officer like him and would devote my entire life to the nation First …..

  • Raj

    2020 at 7:03 pm Reply

    Left India on 15 March
    And u done for life Boss ,
    Whenever I was with you nothing touch you
    In Assam ,not only your bodyguard I was your friend,still love you boss
    ,we shared lot of life secrets and I ll see you in heaven


    2020 at 9:04 pm Reply

    Me and Late Lt Colonel Manish Kadam are childhood friends from the same school. Infact we used to stay very close to each other. Before being posted to Kashmir in late 2007 he was posted at Bangalore and we spoke on the phone and he informed me that he was going to be posted to Kashmir and won’t be able to communicate. That was the last call I had with him. I am proud of my friend who is a Kirti Chakra Awardee and I miss him.

    • Pratik Subhash SawantBhosale

      2022 at 8:31 pm

      Hi sir, are you an armed force officer than please guide for my future

  • Leslie Correa

    2022 at 9:43 pm Reply

    May you live a long and happy, Honorable life

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