Date of Birth : 18 Dec 1987

Birth Place: Dehradun, U'khand

Service: Army

Last Rank : Major

Unit : 55 RR/EME

Arm/Regt : The Corps of EME

Date of Martyrdom :18 Feb, 2019

Maj Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal

Maj Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal hailed from Dehradun in Uttarakhand and was born on 18 Dec 1987. 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 Nitika 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 Nitika Kaul, and three sisters.

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  • Tiyasha bose

    2019at3:54 pm Reply

    We are honored to have you. India will forever remember your sacrifice. Jai Hind.

  • Swati aggarwal

    2019at1:22 pm Reply

    Jai Hind , we are indebted to the sacrifice made by you for us … Salute to the martyers family for raising a soldier like major vibhuti..may God give u strength to bear the irreparable loss …

  • Sonali rawat

    2019at2:25 pm Reply

    You are a TRUE HERO of our country . jAI HIND

  • Pallavi

    2019at12:10 am Reply

    We will forever be indebted to our brave heart soldiers. No words to describe my pain for these martyrs. They are indeed special souls to fulfill a special mission on the Earth.
    Deepest gratitude for the family of these soldiers. There has not been a single day when I don’t think about our soldiers. Major Vibhuti n all the martyrs are special angels of God.

  • Ankitarajan

    2019at10:54 am Reply

    You will always be remembered major…your sacrifice for nation will not go in vain

  • Anamika Bisht

    2019at6:32 pm Reply

    The entire nation misses you. You are a true hero and you sacrificed your life so that we people can live safe. We cannot return this debt of yours. You truly were and are a true hero. We salute you. Jai Hind!!!!

  • Divya vohra

    2019at2:25 am Reply

    You will always be remembered Major fir your supreme sacrifice for the country. May your soul rest in peace. Really sad on looking at your videos and pictures. Ypu were a young and pious soul who left the country too soon. Jai Hind,
    Rest in peace Major dhodiyal.we love you!

  • Kajal Singh

    2019at4:30 pm Reply

    Your are the real hero of the country.. We salute you sir.. We will always remember you and your sacrifice..Hope I will get the same partner like you and as romantic as you were.. Means you are just perfect combination. May You Rest In Peace.. You know I always start crying by viewing you videos and photograph and the unconditional love between you and your wife… Infact I have no words to describe you.. We really miss you #majorvibhutidhoundiyal
    Jai hind

  • Sindu. c

    2019at8:47 pm Reply

    We r always indebted to U major … RIP… Jai Hind …

  • Abiga Ganeshan

    2019at9:14 pm Reply

    Salute to you sir,you r the real hero of our nation ,you sacrificed your own life for us
    We will always remember you..
    And a big salute for your too , she is such a brave women
    Jai hind

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