Service No : IC-41575P

Place of birth : Uttar Pradesh

Service : Army

Last Rank : Captain

Unit : 8 Mahar

Arm/Regt : The Mahar Regiment

Operation : Op Pawan

Awards : VrC

Martyrdom : October 17, 1987

Captain Sunil Chandra VrC

Capt Sunil Chandra hailed from the state of Uttar Pradesh. He did his schooling form Sainik School Lucknow which was established in July 1960. It was the first Sainik School in the country, and was followed by the setting up of other Sainik Schools, under the Ministry of Defence. It was here that the foundation of Capt Sunil Chandra's future military career was laid. His resolve to join the Army grew with the age and consequently, he got selected for the prestigious NDA after finishing school.

 

He joined the 63rd NDA course in 1979 and passed out in Dec 1982. He later went to IMA Dehradun and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in 1983 at the age of 22 years. He got commissioned into 8 Mahar of the Mahar Regiment, an infantry Regiment well known for its dauntless soldiers and numerous battle exploits. 

 

Op Pawan : 16/17 Oct 1987

 

During 1987, Capt Sunil Chandra was serving with his unit 8 Mahar, which became part of IPKF. After the induction of Indian forces in Aug 1987 in Sri Lanka, as part of Indo-Sri Lankan accord, the militants were supposed to surrender but the dreaded LTTE backed out and unleashed war on Indian forces. Initially only 54 division of the Army was inducted but the escalation of the operations brought three more divisions 3, 4 and 57 into the conflict. Capt Sunil Chandra's unit was deployed in Jaffna area and got involved in numerous operations against the LTTE militants. Capt Sunil Chandra was tasked to lead one such operation on 16 Oct 1987. 

 

A unit located at Analkkoddal was surrounded and repeatedly attacked by the militants on the 16th Oct, 1987 resulting in heavy casualties and necessitating immediate replenishment of ammunition. The supply of ammunition by helicopter failed due to heavy enemy ground fire. In such a scenario, Capt Sunil Chandra along with 15 men was detailed to take ammunition replenishment. All routes to the company were blocked by militants and the operation was fraught with grave risk.  Undeterred, Capt Sunil Chandra left Uduvil at 1900 hours on 16th Oct 1987 and fought his way through despite himself getting wounded in the leg and his party suffering eight casualties. 

 

Capt Sunil Chandra reached the besieged company located at Analkkoddal on 17th Oct 1987, when the company had been left with six rounds of 7.62 MM and two grenades. In the process, Capt Sunil Chandra was hit by an MMG burst in the chest but crawled on till he reached the company and handed over the ammunition. Subsequently he succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Capt Sunil Chandra was a valiant soldier and gritty officer who led from the front and laid down his life in the line of his duty. Capt Sunil Chandra was given the gallantry award, “Vir Chakra” for his exceptional courage, leadership and supreme sacrifice.

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2 Comments
  • Col S Mansingh

    2021at12:08 am Reply

    # B-115, Rajajipuram, Lucknow,
    PIN 226017 U.P
    This is the last known address of his father, who was the NOK of this gallant officer was this. You may try and contact them for his photographs.

  • Col Samir Mansingh

    2021at6:20 pm Reply

    He was from the UP Sainik School, Lucknow.
    This is what they have on their website about the Late Capt Sunil Chandra, Vr C.

    “On the October 17, 1987 Sainik School lost a very courageous ex-cadet, Captain Sunil Chandra of 8 Mahar regiment in Sri Lanka. Capt Sunil Chandra on 16/17 October 1987, headed a squad consisting of ten men, to deliver much needed ammunition for a besieged company. All soldiers of the company had exhausted their ammunition during the pitched battle with LTTE militants. The company was surrounded by militants in a tight cordon. The squad led by Capt. Sunil Chandra was ambushed twice en-route by LTTE militants wherein they lost two soldiers. The squad, however, continued their mission to reach company’s location. Heavy battle and firing ensued. Capt Sunil Chandra personally delivered ammunition with little care for his own life. Entire company was saved by the gallant action of Capt. Sunil Chandra and the remnant members of his team. But, during the mission, he was hit by a burst of medium machine gun (MMG) fire and laid down his life in the befitting tradition of making supreme sacrifice. For his dauntless action he was awarded Vir Chakra (posthumously). Sunil Chandra belonged to the 1973-79 batch of school.”

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