He had miraculously survived after being under 35 feet of ice for six days at an avalanche-hit army post in the Siachen glacier in Jammu and Kashmir. Nine other soldiers who were buried in the avalanche didn't survive. He was extremely critical with oxygen deprivation in the brain and pneumonia in both lungs. His multi-organ dysfunction deteriorated despite aggressive therapy and supportive care. He had served in difficult and challenging areas for 10 out of 13 years of his total service. He was posted in Mahore in Jammu and Kashmir from 2003 to 2006, where he was actively involved in counter-insurgency operations.
He again volunteered to serve with the 54 Rashtriya Rifles (Madras) in Jammu and Kashmir from 2008 to 2010, and later in the northeast from 2010 to 2012 where he took part in operations against the NDFB and ULFA. He had been serving in the Siachen glacier area since August 2015.