MUMBAI : The martyred Army Major Kaustubh Prakashkumar Rane (34) stayed in the first floor flat of Hiral Sagar, Sheetal Nagar, Mira Road since the past thirty years. The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind on the 69th  Republic Day awarded the martyr Major with the Sena Medal (Gallantry) at New Delhi.

Originally hailing from Vaibhavwadi,Sindhudurg district, Konkan, but the family were staying in Mira Road since the past three decades. The Major's father Prakashkumar was a retired employee of a Tata group firm, while his mother, Jyoti was a homemaker and a sister. The Major's wife, Kanika and son are in their ancestral village and Prakashkumar and Jyoti were all set to leave for the village soon,said neighbours. 

The Major did his schooling from Holy Cross School located in the same area and later joined the NDA, Pune to be inducted in the Garhwal Rifles of the  Indian Army.  The entire Sheetal Nagar wore a pall of gloom on hearing about the martyrdom of Major Rane. The family are awaiting for the arrival of the body from the Indian Army.

The incident occurred in North Kashmir's Govind Nallah, in Gurez along the LoC  while the ArmyMajor was foiling an infiltration bid on 7 August. Two terrorists were also killed and the bodies of two more militants could be seen from a distance. The Army personnel on patrol found the militants near the area and firing occurrred during which the Major Rane, rifleman Mandeep Singh Rawat and Hameer Singh, and gunner Vikram Jeet Singh were martyred. Eight terrorists were trying to infiltrate into the country of which four terrorists ran back to  Pakistan occupied Kashmir, report agencies.