Indian Army, we all know how hard it is for them to live alone far in one place without family. One of us has someone in our family who are in the Indian Army or the Police or so, right. They have done lots of sacrifices for our country, for Indian citizens, to keep us safe and to prevent us from the monsters who are living outside. Even we cannot imagine their life and the struggle they have been through their life. Let’s come read about one of that army officer who dies during the attacks to protect our citizens.
This is the story of an Indian Army Officer name Sandeep Unnikrishnan. He was born on 15 March 1977, in Cheruvannur, Kozhikode Kerala. His family is residing in Bangalore. His father was a retired officer of ISRO, K. Unnikrishnan, and his mother DhanaLakshmi Unnikrishnan. It is said that he loved his childhood friend, but she doesn’t want to be just an Army officer’s wife, she has her own ambitions. They are close enough to share their deep bonds but sometimes things came up in the relationship just because of the nature of his job.
He went to the Frank Anthony Public School, Bangalore. He wanted to join the army from starting. He was very active in sports. Later, he joined National Defense Academy in 1995 and graduated as a lieutenant. He was directed to the Bihar Regiment on 12 June 1999.
He was also part of the Kargil War in 1999, he was promoted to the rank of captain in 2003, and later to the major in 2005. He joined the NSG (National security Guards) and after completing his training he became part of the Special Action Group (SAG). He topped the Ghatak Course during his training, which was one of the toughest training courses in the Indian Army. And then he earned the Instructor, grading, and commendation.
Later he asked to report for duty on 27 Nov 2008, Mumbai. The TAJ HOTEL was attacked on 26 Nov 2008, Sandeep was leading the team of NSG commandos and he and his team has to rescue all the hostages from the hotel. One of his colleagues got the shot in both of his legs and then he decided to rescue all the hostages and go after the terrorists alone. Later, following the foot tracks of the terrorists, he got the shot in the back and lost his life during the rescue mission of 26/11.
His last words were – ‘’Do not come up, I will handle them’’
The Ashoka Chakra Citation-
Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, was leading the team of National Security Guards on 27th November 2008, to rescue the hostages from the terrorists from TAJ HOTEL, Mumbai.
During the mission, his team members were grievously injured, and successfully rescued the commandos and got them back safely. During this operation, he got a shot in his right arm but still, he managed to fight till his last breath.
Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan displayed the most remarkable bravery besides togetherness and leadership of the highest order and made the supreme sacrifice for the Nation.