Service No. : IC-64501F

Birth place: Alappuzha, Kerala

Service: Army

Last Rank: Major

Unit: CAD Pulgaon

Arm/Regt : Army Ordnance Corps

Awards: Sena Medal

Date of Martyrdom : May 31, 2016

Maj Krishnan Manoj Kumar SM

Major K. Manoj Kumar, hailed from Haripad in Alappuzha district of Kerala. Maj Manoj Kumar belonged to the arm of Army Ordnance Corps(AOC) of the Army and had served in various army units during his service career. The Army Ordnance Corps is responsible to provide logistics support to the Indian Army during war and peace. Its role is to make available all kinds of stores to all army units at the right time, in right quantity, at the right place and right cost. The inventory of AOC covers every conceivable requirement of the soldier from clothing to weapons, from a needle to a tank and also all munitions except fuel, fodder and medicines.


During 2016, Maj Manoj Kumar was serving with Central Ammunition Depot, Pulgaon. The Central Ammunition Depot (CAD) Pulgaon, located about 115 km from Nagpur, is spread over an area of more than 7,000 acres and stores a variety of ammunition and explosives in a large number of sheds. The CAD functions directly under the Army headquarters and is responsible for the all-India supply of ammunition and explosives, after receiving them from Ordnance factories and other sources. The CAD then supplies these items to various ammunition depots and field ammunition depots for replenishing their stocks.


CAD Explosion : 31st May 2016


On 31 May 2016, an accidental fire broke out in one of the sheds of CAD Pulgaon at around 01:30 AM in the early morning. Consequently, various teams were pressed into service on a war footing to contain the fire. Major Manoj Kumar and Lt Col Ranjit Singh Pawar along with others made valiant attempts to contain the fire in order to minimize the damage and could succeed in restricting  it to only one shed with the help of fire fighting teams.


However the horrific accident involving multiple explosions claimed the lives of Major Manoj Kumar and Lt Col Ranjit Singh Pawar who faced the unexpected event gallantly like true soldiers. Along with the two officers 15 soldiers of Defence Security Corps (DSC) also lost their lives. Maj Krishnan Manoj Kumar was given the gallantry award, “Sena Medal” posthumously for his act of courage, unfaltering leadership and supreme sacrifice.


Maj Krishnan Manoj Kumar is survived by his parents, wife, son and a daughter.

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  • Sarika Bhatnagar

    2017 at 12:48 am Reply

    Salute to you Major.

  • Valsan Kunnath

    2017 at 12:03 am Reply

    You proved the patriotism, will never be forgotten and will always be saluted for your conspicuous courage and ultimate sacrifice.
    Salute You Major Sahab – Jai Hind

  • Ravi

    2018 at 11:20 pm Reply

    Will always remember you brother

  • Adv. Saju Daniel

    2019 at 10:03 pm Reply

    I still remember our school days when we enjoyed each and every moment and you always faced every problem with ease and your typical smile….miss you my dear friend….hope we can meet someday in your heavenly abode!

  • Unnikrishnan

    2020 at 2:52 pm Reply

    Salute you major

  • Beena Manoj

    2020 at 1:08 pm Reply

    Thank you everyone

  • Manoj PR

    2021 at 8:54 pm Reply

    Will always cherish the good old days of Wing. Stay in eternal peace brother….Om Shanti

  • Ajit Menon

    2023 at 12:29 pm Reply

    RETURN IF POSSIBLE . Manoj you were, are & would be present among us the IL brothers……… All of us are yet to believe your physical absence. You had veergati. The nation salutes you….. The IL Ground, Cricket, Football, Hotel Ashok bhavan, Snake catching all is afresh in our mind…… May your aatma atain moksha

    Also for the write up…. Major Manoj is survived by his Parents also…. Please make a note of it…..

  • Ramesh Babu

    2023 at 2:03 pm Reply

    My best friend for ever…. Will always remember in our heart, salute from heart Jai Hind bro

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