Service No: 15147386X

Place of Birth : Kannur (Kerala)

Service: Army

Last Rank: Naik

Unit: 36 RR/44 Med Regt

Arm/Regt : The Regiment of Artillery

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Date of Martyrdom : Dec 17, 2016

Naik Ratheesh C

Naik Ratheesh C hailed from Mattannur Kodolipram in Kannur district of Kerala. Son of late Shri Raghavan Nambiar and Smt C.Omana, Nk Ratheesh joined the Army in the year 2001 at the age of 20 years. He was recruited into 44 Medium Regiment of the Regiment of Artillery, one of the important combat arms of the Indian army. By 2001, Nk Ratheesh had put in around 15 years of service and had worked in operational areas of different terrain and working conditions. Nk Raheesh later got married to Ms. Jyothi and the couple had a son Kashinathan.

 

After serving for a long time with his parent unit, Nk Ratheesh was deputed to 36 RR Bn deployed in the Kashmir valley for counter-insurgency operations. After completing his tenure with 36 RR Bn, Nk Ratheesh was to join back his parent unit in Jan 2017.

 

Pampore Attack: 17 Dec 2016

 

During 2016, Naik Ratheesh was serving with 36 RR battalion deployed in Pulwama district of J&K. The AOR (Area of Responsibility) of 36 RR was a hotbed of militant activity and the unit troops had to maintain a high state of readiness to deal with any eventuality. On 17th Dec 2016, Nk Ratheesh was made part of a team tasked for an operation. While Nk Ratheesh and other soldiers were heading for the operational location, their convoy was attacked by the group of heavily armed militants. The convoy came under attack while passing through the Pampore area along the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.

 

It was a preplanned attack in an unexpected area and took the soldiers by surprise. However, the troops swung into action and a heavy exchange of fire followed thereafter. However during the exchange of fire, Naik Ratheesh and two other soldiers,  Gnr Farate Sourabh & Gnr Shashikant got seriously injured. They later succumbed to their injuries and  were martyred. Nk Ratheesh was a gallant and committed soldier who laid down his life in the line of his duty.

 

Naik Ratheesh C is survived by his mother Smt Omana,  wife Smt Jyothi and son Kashinathan.

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