Whenever we discuss the 26/11 massacre it sends chills down our spines even 9 years down the line. It’s been 9 years since Mumbai was attacked in what is one of the biggest terror assaults on India. We have still not forgotten how Mumbai, the city of dreams turned into a lethal nightmare for many. But then the feeling of fear soon fades away when we realize that our soldiers are always there to protect us, even to the peril of their lives. We take pride in how Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan laid down his life in the line of duty to save the hostages held at Taj.
Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan is a martyr who would never be forgotten. This NSG commando held his ground fearlessly in the line of fire when the entire nation was wrapped in fear. He did not just rescue 14 hostages before being shot down but also saved the lives of his fellow NSG commandos. This is one story of not just martyrdom but extreme courage and extraordinary selflessness.
His last words to his men were, “Do not come up, I will handle them”
He is the real-life hero who saved the city of the reel life heroes at the expense of his life. Here are some unknown facts about Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan. His story deserves to be remembered by everyone who loves his or her nation.
- Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan was the only son of K Unnikrishnan, a retired officer of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)
2.He was born on March 15, 1997, and studied at the Frank Anthony Public School, Bangalore and later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.
3.He was always sure of joining the army and even at school he always had the crew cut.
4.Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan joined NDA, Pune in 1995 and graduated in the 94th course of the NDA.
5.He was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the 7th Batallion of the Bihar regiment in 1999 and was later selected for the National Security Guards having served in Jammu and Kashmir and Rajasthan at various locations.
6. He was present at a forward post during the Operation Vijay in July 1999 and was regarded heavily.
7. The ‘Ghatak Course’ is the toughest of all courses of Indian Army and Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan topped the course and later opted for the National Security Guards.
8. On November 28, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan was leading a unit of 51 SAG commandos and he rescued 14 hostages from the 6th floor of Hotel Taj.
9.Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan also evacuated his fellow soldier Sunil Yadav after he got injured in the exchange of fire.
10.He was shot from behind and was unfortunately badly injured. But he continued to fight till he fell and eventually he met a sad demise on 28 November at the age of 31.
11. He was awarded the Ashok Chakra which is the highest gallantry award in peacetime.