Service No: 15797244N

Date of Birth : 08 June 1991

Place of Birth : Madurai dist (TN)

Service: Army

Last Rank: Gunner

Unit : 51 RR/107 AD Regt

Arm/Regt : Army Air Defence

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Date of Martyrdom : 25 Jan 2017

Gunner Sundara Pandi C

Gunner Sundara Pandi was born on 8th Jun 1991 and belonged to Tirumangalam village of Madurai district in Tamilnadu. Son of Shri Chinnasamy and Smt Tamilseivi, Gnr Sundara Pandi completed his primary education from his village and later  joined the army in Dec 2010 at the age of 19 years.  He was recruited into 107 AD Regimet of the Corps of Army Air Defence,  an arm of Indian Army tasked with air defence of the country from foreign threats.


After serving for few years, Gnr Sundara Pandi got married to Ms Sugapriya on 8th May 2014.  Their son Prakash was born in Feb 2017 and the father Gnr Sundara Pandi attained martyrdom before he could see the face of his son. After serving for couple of years with his parent unit  Gnr Sundara Pandi was deputed to serve with 51 RR battalion deployed in J&K for counter-insurgency operations.


Gurez Sector Avalanche: 25 Jan 2017


During Jan 2017, Gnr Sundara Pandi  was serving with 51 RR battalion deployed in Gurez sector of North Kashmir. During Jan 2017, there was heavy snowfall resulting in multiple avalanches in Jammu and Kashmir. The Chandigarh based Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment had warned of more avalanches in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh in the last week of Jan 2017.  As predicted, the first avalanche hit Gurez on 25 of January morning, in which a family of four civilians perished. The second took place around the same time in Sonmarg, chiefly a tourist area, where an army camp was located.


The avalanche that proved deadly for the army troops hit the post at Neeru village in the night of 25 Jan 2017. The post at Neeru village was located in Tulail area , 25 Kms away from Gurez town in North Kashmir. The place located along the LOC normally remained cut off by road in winters. The avalanche hit the area few hundred meters away from HQs of 51 RR unit and trapped the soldiers, who were on patrol. Gnr Sundara Pandi was part of the patrol team that had to face the brunt of the horrific avalanche. The avalanche was very sudden and the soldiers did not get time to take any evasive action. The army immediately dispatched the rescue teams with special equipment and consequently, seven soldiers could be rescued. However, Gnr Sundara Pandi who had been buried deep in snow, could not be saved.  Gnr Sundara Pandi was a valiant soldier who laid his life at the age of 27 years in the line of his duty.


Gnr Sundara Pandi is survived by his father Shri Chinnasamy, mother Smt Tamilselvi, wife Smt Sugapriya and  son prakash


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  • adithya

    2020at12:46 am Reply

    My brother, Hailing from the land of valor – TamilNadu and the city of courage – Madurai. I salute you and bow down for your bravery and courage.

  • Udhaayakumar K.R

    2021at3:50 pm Reply

    BIG Salute to you Gunner Sundara Pandi, because of your service and sacrifices we citizens of India live safe and sound. Also would like to say our sincere thanks to all the Army members, who served, in service and who are going to serve. Special thanks to the family. Gunner Sunday Pandi family should be very proud of his service and will keep praying for them.

  • Srilalitha N

    2021at11:26 pm Reply

    India is Proud to have such a Valiant Son. We are Thankful to your service & you will be always remembered.

    • Saber ali

      2022at10:31 am

      Jai Hind sir.I SALUTE U.

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