During the Indo-Pak war, Rane played a crucial role in capturing Rajauri. He led the Indian forces by being instrumental in clearing many roadblocks and minefields.

His efforts helped the Indian army tanks to advance without many casualties.

He was awarded the Param Vir Chakra on the 8th of April 1948 for his gallantry, making him the first living recipient of the Param Vir Chakra.

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