Date of Birth : 19 Feb 1985

Birth Place: Dehradun, U'khand

Service: Army

Last Rank : Major

Unit : 55 RR

Date of Martyrdom :18 Feb, 2019

Maj Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal

Maj Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal hailed from Dehradun in Uttarakhand and was born on 19th Feb 1985. Son of Shri OP Dhondiyal and Smt Saroj Dhondiyal, Maj Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal had three sisters and was the youngest among his siblings. Maj Vibhuti’s father as well as grandfather had worked in the office of Controller Defence Accounts. Maj Vibhuti had studied from St Joseph School Dehradun and later completed his graduation from DAV college. He was very keen to join the Armed Forces right from his childhood and pursued his dream after graduation. Soon after his graduation, he cleared the Combined Defence Services Examination and was commissioned into the Army on 17 Sep 2011.


By 2019, Maj Vibhuti had put in around eight years of service and had evolved into a committed soldier with fine field craft skills. After serving for a few years with his parent unit, Maj Vibhuti was deputed to serve with 55 RR battalion, deployed in J & K for counterinsurgency operations. Maj Vibhuti got married to Nikita Kaul belonging to a Delhi based Kashmiri family on 19th April 2018.


Pulwama Operation: 18 Feb 2019


During 2018-2019, Maj Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal’s unit 55 RR, was deployed in Pulwama district in J&K and was engaged in operations against the militants on a regular basis. Following the terrorists’ attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama on 14 Feb 2019, the security forces were maintaining a state of high alert and subsequently a massive operation was launched to nab the perpetrators of the attack. On 17 Feb 2019, the security forces received credible information from the intelligence sources about the presence of terrorists in Pinglan village of Pulwama district. Based on the intelligence inputs 55 RR along with the Special Operation Group of J & K Police launched a search and destroy operation in Pinglan a neighborhood of Kakpora the home of the terrorist, who had attacked the CRPF convoy on 14 Feb.


The assault team was being led by Brigadier Harbir Singh himself and Maj Vibhuti was part of the team. On being challenged the terrorists opened fire and a fierce gun battle ensued thereafter lasting for over 20 hours. A number of hardcore terrorists responsible for the attack on CRPF convoy on 14 Feb, were eliminated during the encounter. However, during the heavy exchange of fire, eleven security personnel too got injured including the leader of the team. The injured soldiers were shifted to the Army Hospital but Maj Vibhuti and three other soldiers Sep Ajay Kumar, Sep Hari Singh, and Hav Sheo Ram succumbed to their injuries and were martyred. Maj Vibhuti was a valiant soldier and a fine officer who led from the front and laid down his life in the service of the nation, following the highest traditions of the Indian Army.


Maj Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal is survived by his mother Smt Saroj Dhondiyal, wife Smt Nikita Kaul, and three sisters.

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16 Tributes
  • Sunny Kumar - Patna,Bihar

    2019 at 5:21 pm Reply

    What I say I am speechless I know you will never come again but your memory will never forget in every Indian

  • Saurabh Bakshi - Yamunanagar,Haryana

    2019 at 12:34 am Reply

    My respectful salute to all those who made the Supreme Sacrifice for the nation. I also salute the parents, wives and other family members of the mortears.

  • Valsan Kunnath - Thrissur,Kerala

    2019 at 11:01 am Reply

    Big Salute Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal. Heartfelt condolences to Your Brave Family.
    “Duty Beyond Death” ” Soldiers Go Beyond Call Of Duty”
    Nation First, No Compromise

  • neeraj Kumar - Dehradun,Uttarakhand

    2019 at 8:13 pm Reply

    Aao Jhukar salam kre unhe jinkee ishee me yeh mukamm ataa haii. . . . .
    khush naseeb hai ve log jinka khun watan ke kaam ata jai hind jai bharat
    hoWs the joshh
    nice sir

  • Charushree walke - Pune,Maharashtra

    2019 at 9:48 pm Reply

    Rest in peace. May God give strength to your family. The sacrifice given by this soul is the highest for the nation. Salute to major dhoundhiyal.

  • Chander Dhoundiyal - Central Delhi,Delhi

    2019 at 12:57 pm Reply

    My dear brother Vibhuti :

    I will tears in my eyes bow my head in honour of your invaluable sacrifice in the service of the nation. Due to you I hold my head in proud that I am one of you. You made all Dhoundiyals proud of there being on this mortal earth. Though I am very late to offer my tributes to you. I have not met you in person but feel a strong bonding from you as I hail from the same village as of yours. Your parents have migrated to Dehradun but village Bamrari will always remember you. God should produce more sons like you and guard our country. Rest in Peace my dear brother. Chander Dhoundiyal

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