Lieutenant Nawang H. Kapadia
(15 December, 1975—11 November, 2000), was an Indian Army
officer who died fighting Kashmiri militants in the jungles of Rajwar in Kupwara district of Srinagar
on 11 November 2000.
His parents are mountaineers
Geeta and Harish Kapadia
. From his early childhood, Nawang had imbibed the adventurous talents of his parents, both of whom were famous in their own right. Siblings Sonam and Nawang were named after Sherpa mountaineers; both are Gurkha names: Nawang means "leader of men." Nawang did his initial schooling at New Era School and subsequently at the St. Xavier’s Boys’ Academy. He studied for and received his Bachelor of Commerce from Jai Hind college in Mumbai.
The 24-year old Mumbai
-born Kapadia joined the Officers’ Training Academy at Chennai
in 1999. He received his commission at the Passing Out Parade on 2nd of September 2000; he received Lieutenant
stars on commissioning to the 4th Battalion,3 Gorkha Rifles
. Kapadia proceeded to the Regimental Centre at Varanasi
from which he joined his Battalion on October 29, 2000. During this period the Battalion was involved in operations against foreign terrorists who had infiltrated and were in the process of establishing their bases in the Kupwara area of Jammu and Kashmir.
Counter Terrorism Operation
On the 10th of November his Battalion received information of a large number of terrorists hiding in the jungles of Rajwar near Kupwara. Search and......