Hav Kashiray Bammanalli was an Army Officer.
Hav Kashiray Bammanalli was born in 1984 in Ukkal village, Basavana Bagewadi tehsil, Vijayapura district, Karnataka. He entered the Army at the age of 22 after finishing his primary school. He was drafted into the Corps of Engineers, the Indian Army’s vital combat support arm.
He gradually matured into a determined and professional soldier. After some time with his parent Corps, he was sent to 44 RR Battalion, which was deployed in J&K for counter-insurgency operations. By 2021, Hav Kashiray had put in roughly 15 years of duty and had operated in a variety of difficult operational settings.
• Height : 5’9″
• Weight ( approx) : 55kg
• Eye Color : Black
• Hair Color : Black
PULWAMA OPERATION : 01st July 2021
During July 2021, Hav Kashiray Bammanalli’s unit 44 RR was stationed in the J&K district of Pulwama and was often involved in operations against terrorists. On 30 June 2021, the unit got intelligence regarding terrorists in Hanjan village, Pulwama district, which falls within its AOR (Area of Responsibility). It was decided to conduct an operation as soon as possible to apprehend or exterminate the terrorists. Hav Kashiray was assigned to the squad in charge of carrying out this operation. Hav Kashiray and his companions arrived in the suspected area as scheduled and began the search and cordon operation on the night of June 30, 2021.
Hav Kashiray was the Combat Action Team leader, and he and the troops cordoned off the likely escape path. The terrorists attempted to depart around 2315 hours by throwing explosives and shooting indiscriminately in the direction of Hav Kashiray. He returned fire with precision and drove the attackers back into the home. At 2350 hours, the terrorists tossed grenades and opened fire on Hav Kashiray in yet another desperate effort to breach the barrier. Despite suffering a severe damage to his chest, he delivered accurate fire and destroyed a terrorist. Despite seriously wounded, he moved forward to a vantage point, sensing great threat to his flank. He then attacked three other attackers from close range, saving the lives of his Combat Action Team teammates. Terrorists were eventually eliminated.
However, Hav Kashiray was critically injured while doing so and was airlifted to Srinagar’s 92 Base Hospital for treatment. However, Hav Kashiray died as a result of his injuries and was martyred. Hav Kashiray was a brave and loyal soldier who gave his life in the service of his country. On 26 January 2022, Hav Kashiray was posthumously awarded the nation’s third-highest gallantry medal, the “Shaurya Chakra,” for his exceptional valour, loyalty to duty, camaraderie, and heroic sacrifice.
His wife, son, and daughter survive Hav Kashiray Bammanalli.
On July 1, 2021, a cordon and search operation was begun based on precise information about the presence of four or five terrorists in a hamlet in the Pulwama area. Havildar Kashiray Bammanalli led the Combat Action Team, which cordoned off the possible escape route and orchards. Towards 2315 hours, the terrorists attempted to leave by throwing explosives and firing indiscriminately at Havildar Kashiray. He returned fire with precision and drove the attackers back into the home. At 2350 hours, the terrorists tossed grenades and opened fire on Havildar Kashiray in yet another desperate attempt to breach the barrier. Despite suffering a severe chest injury, he brought down precise fire and eliminated a terrorist. Despite being seriously wounded and anticipating danger to his flank, he moved forward to a vantage point. He fought three additional terrorists accurately at close range, saving the lives of his Combat Action Team colleagues. Terrorists were eventually eliminated. Havildar Kashiray Bammanalli sacrificed the ultimate sacrifice in doing so.
He was given the Shaurya Chakra (Posthumously).