Service No : SS-44861W

Date of Birth : February 27, 1989

Place of birth : Thane, Maharashtra

Service : Army

Last Rank : Major

Unit : 36 RR /12 Garh Rif

Arm/Regt : The Garhwal Rifles

Awards : Sena Medal

Martyrdom : August 7, 2018

Major Kaustubh Prakash Rane SM

Major Kaustubh Prakash Rane hailed from Thane district in Maharashtra and was born on 27 Feb 1989. Though his family originally belonged to Sadure village in Vaibhavwadi taluka of Sindhudurg district in Maharashtra, he grew up in Sheetal Nagar area of Mira Road in Thane.  Maj Kaustubh Rane did his schooling from Mira Road’s Holy Cross Convent High School and later higher secondary education from Shri L P Raval college. Subsequently he graduated from Shailendra College in Dahisar located on the outskirts of Mumbai. Known to be a well-mannered and intelligent boy since his childhood, Maj Kaustubh was passionate about joining the Indian Army since his childhood. 

 

Following his passion, eventually he cleared the combined defense service examinations and was selected to join the the Chennai-based Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) in 2011. He was commissioned into 12 Garh Rif battalion of the Garhwal Rifles Regiment, an infantry regiment with a rich history of valour and battle honours. He joined his unit in Kupwara in J & K as a young lieutenant and soon honed his field craft skills by taking part in various operations. He then got posted to a peace area in Kolkata where he functioned as ADC to GOC Bengal Area.  Besides being a tough soldier, he was a kind and soft-spoken person, who regularly kept in touch with old friends.  After serving with his parent unit for few years, he got deputed to serve with 36 RR battalion deployed in J&K for counter insurgency operations. By January 2018, he had been promoted to the rank of a Major and had developed into a fine officer, known for his commendable soldierly skills. 

 

Gurez Sector Operation: 06/07 Aug 2018

 

During 2018, Maj Kaustubh Rane’s 36 RR battalion was deployed in the Gurez sector in J & K and was engaged in counterinsurgency operations. The Gurez sector was one of the remote parts of the valley located in Bandipora district around 125 km from Srinagar. The sector was heavily militarized and soldiers were stationed on mountaintop posts to guard the Line of Control and prevent the infiltration of militants. The Gurez sector was snow-covered even in summers and militants did not have long tracts of forest cover either to use as escape routes or to sneak inside LOC.

 

On 06 Aug, around 1 am about eight-odd heavily armed terrorists tried to infiltrate into the Indian territory near Govind Nullah in Bakhtor area taking advantage of darkness. The alert soldiers noticed the unusual movement and challenged the infiltrators moving from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (POK). Maj Kaustubh Rane along with his troops swung into action and engaged the militants trying to infiltrate. A fierce gun battle ensued thereafter in which two militants were killed. However, during the heavy exchange of fire Maj Kaustubh Rane and three other soldiers Rifleman Mandeep Singh Rawat, Rifleman Hameer Singh and Gunner Vikram Jeet Singh got severely injured. They were shifted to the 92 Base Hospital in Srinagar but they later succumbed to their injuries and were martyred.  Maj Kaustubh Rane was a committed soldier and a determined officer, who led from the front and laid down his life at the age of 29 years in the line of his duty.

 

Maj Kaustubh Rane was given the gallantry award, “Sena Medal” on 26 Jan 2019 for dauntless courage, leadership and supreme sacrifice. He was also bestowed with the "Gaurav Puruskar" from the Maharastra Government. Later carrying forward the legacy of her husband, Smt Kanika Rane joined the Indian Army and was commissioned as an officer in Nov 2020, after she completed her training at the OTA in Chennai.

 

Maj Kaustubh Prakash Rane is survived by his father Shri Prakash Rane, mother Smt Jyoti Rane, wife Capt Kanika Rane, son Agastya, and sister Ms Kashyapi. 

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23 Comments
  • Priscilla Shamin

    2022 at 4:51 pm Reply

    Truly Inspirational.

  • Mahesh Pai

    2023 at 8:54 pm Reply

    Hats Off Sir. Salute to your bravery.

  • Dr Kumari Namita

    2023 at 6:10 pm Reply

    Very inspiring! A salute to you sir and your family!

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