Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan Biography
Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan was born on the 15th of March 1997. His native place was Kozhikode Kerala. He died on 28 November in the year 2008 in Mumbai.
Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan was the son of a retired officer named K. Unnikrishnan. His mother’s name is Dhanalakshmi Unnikrishnan. He was married and his wife’s name is Sneha Unnikrishnan.
Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan was born in a Malayali family in Kozhikode Kerala. Later his family moved to Bangalore, Karnataka from Kerala.
Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan is an Army personal and he is famous for being martyred in action during the Mumbai attacks in the year 2008.
Major Sundeep Unnikrishnan’s physical status
Major Sandeep is 178 cm or (5 foot 10 inches) tall.
Major Sandeep’s hair and eye color are black
Sandeep Unnikrishnan’s years of service in the Indian military are from 1999 to 2008. Its service number is IC-58660.
Mere Sandeep Unnikrishnan unit is “51 special action group for NSG” in the Indian Army branch.
Major Sundeep Unnikrishnan received the Ashok Chakra award on the 26th of January in the year 2019.
Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan died in the Taj Mahal Palace when he went alone against the terrorists. The terrorist fired him with a gun living him dead. His body was found in a pool of blood the next day with several Bullet wounds on the body.
Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan’s educational details
Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan completed his schooling at the Frank Anthony Public School Bangalore and graduated from National Defense Academy in Pune
Some lesser-known facts about Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan
Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan’s dream was to join the Indian Army from his childhood. He joined the National Defense Academy in 1995. From there he graduated as a lieutenant. On 12th June 1999, he was commissioned in the 7th battalion of the Bihar regiment (infantry).
Sandeep also participated in the Kargil war against Pakistan in the year 1999.
He stood at the forward Posts facing the heavy artillery firing and small arm firing with his army from the opponent Pakistani Troops. He was able to set up a post that was just 200 meters away from the opposite troops in December.
Sandeep got a promotion to a captain in the year on 12th June 2003. And he got promoted to a major on 12th June 2005.
In the year 2006 Sandeep Unnikrishnan joined the national security Guard (NSG). He became a part of the special action group (SAG) of NSG after he completed his training.
During his training period, Sandeep topped the Ghatak course, known to be one of the toughest courses in the Indian Army. He earned the ‘Instructor’ grading and the condition after completion of the Ghatak course.
Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan’s role in the 26/11 Mumbai attack
Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan reported for duty on 27th November of 2008 in the Mumbai attacks. In the year 2008, several iconic buildings of Mumbai were attacked by terrorists on 26th November.
One of the major buildings which were attacked by a terrorist was the hundred years old building Taj Mahal Palace hotel. Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan led a team of NSG Commandos and their operation was to rescue all the hostages from the hotel and clear the area for the protocols.
While rescuing the hostages, one of the Sandeep’s Commandos, Anil Kumar Yadav was shot in both of his legs by the terrorists. Major Sandeep made arrangements for Sunil Kumar Yadav’s evacuation.
While rescuing his pears, Major Sandeep got multiple bullet attacks and lost his life. The NSG officials had reported “do not come up, I will handle them” as Major Sundeep’s last words.
After successfully neutralizing the targets and rescuing the hosts, the news of the major Sandeep Unnikrishnan Death was known to everyone. His funeral was held with full military Honor. On his funeral day, everyone chanted “Sandeep Unnikrishnan Amar Rahe”
Commemoration of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan
A 4.5 km long road known as the Mother Dairy double road in Bangalore was renamed Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan Road.
Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan’s statue was inaugurated on the Ramamurthy Nagar Outer Ring Road Junction in Bengaluru in November in the year 2012.
His statue was sculpted at the Indian educational society entrance on Jogeshwari Vikhroli link road Mumbai.
Sandeep Unnikrishnan’s mother Dhanalakshmi Unnikrishnan received the Ashoka Chakra from the President of India Pratibha Patil on the 26th of January 2009.
Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan shared a close bond with his uncle K Mohanan
Uncle committed a suicide attack by setting himself on fire and front of the parliament in February 2011. In his suicide note, he said:
“The administrators and representatives of the political parties could not do anything for the victims of the 26/11 attack. Was it a war against two nations? Was the decision taken by the government after the Kandahar incident a cause for the Mumbai attack? (Sandhu Mann) Sandeep Unnikrishnan you are forgotten with every passing day. But I can’t.”
Movies based on the incident are ‘the attacks of 26/11’ directed by Ram Gopal Varma in 2013 and the zee5 web series operation black tornado 2018.
In 2020 Sony pictures entertainment registered the title “major” with the producers association to make the biopic of the life of major Sandeep Unnikrishnan.
The producer of this film was actor Mahesh Babu and Advi Shesh played the lead role of major Sandeep Unnikrishnan in this film.
After acting in the film address Advi Shesh said,
“After the media ruckus, many filmmakers approached them. I promised myself that I would treat them like my own parents for the rest of my life irrespective of whether we made a film or not. Major Sandeep’s mother told me she could see her son in me. I was so overwhelmed that I just hugged her for a long time.”
Why do people consider Major Sandeep a real hero?
Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan played a major role in the success of operations against the terrorists in the 26/11 Mumbai attack.
He fought with the terrorists and rescued many hostages and his injured commando risking his own life. In that attempt, he was shot dead.
Despite all the difficulties, he fought with the terrorists and saved the lives of many. So, he is considered a real-time hero by many people.