Service No : IC46955M

DOB : 06 Sep 1965

Service: Army

Last Rank : Major

Unit : 6 RR/8 Sikh

Regiment : The Sikh Regiment

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Date of Martyrdom : Jun 22, 2001

Major Anshoo Saxena SM

Major Anshoo Saxena hailed from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh and was born on 06 Sep 1965. Son of Dr Ramesh Chandra Saxena and Smt Premlata Saxena, Maj Anshoo Saxena was second among three siblings with elder brother Amit Saxena and the younger brother Anadi Saxena. He completed his schooling from Christ Church College Lucknow and went to do his post graduation in Economics. As Maj Anshoo’s maternal grandfather had served in the Armed Forces, his mother always encouraged her sons to serve the nation in uniform. After his post graduation Maj Anshoo cleared the Combined Defence Services Examination and got selected to join the Army.

 

He was commissioned into 8th battalion of the Sikh Regiment, an infantry Regiment well known for its intrepid soldiers and numerous battle exploits. After serving for few years he got married to Miss Ruchi Raizada in the year 1995. He was affable, spirited, full of life and pursued diverse interests from cooking to singing. He was a keen sportsman too and specially excelled in playing cricket. By the year 1999, he had been promoted to the rank of Major and had evolved into an officer par excellence. As the Kargil war broke out in May 1999, Maj Anshoo’s unit got deployed in Drass region and became part of “Operation Vijay”.

 

During the Kargil war Maj Anshoo Saxena was functioning as a Company Commander under Col S P Singh as Commanding Officer. Maj Anshoo along with his unit troops crossed Zojila Pass on 12 May 1999 and reached Drass by 14 May to undertake operations. Maj Anshoo played a key role in capturing Point 4460 and also during subsequent operations for the capture of strategically important Tiger Hill. Maj Anshoo  proved his mettle as a soldier during these operations and undertook various challenging tasks as part of the unit’s operational plans. After the end of ‘Op Vijay” he was later deputed to serve with 6 RR battalion deployed in J&K for counter insurgency operations.

 

Kupwara Operation: 22 June 2001

 

During June 2001, Maj Anshoo Saxena was serving with 6 Rashtriya Rifles battalion deployed in Kupwara district of J&K. The AOR(Area of Responsibility) of the battalion was infested with militants and the troops had to maintain a very high state of alert at all times to be ready for operations at short notice. Thus the unit was engaged in operations against the militants on a regular basis. One more such operation was planned on 22 June 2001  based on the information from the intelligence sources about the presence of some hard core militants in Vilgam village in Kupwara district. Maj Anshoo Saxena was tasked to lead that operation. As planned Maj Anshoo Saxena along with his soldiers reached the suspected area and launched the search and cordon operation.

 

As the operation was underway the troops made contact with the militants, who fired at them on being challenged. As a result a fierce gun-battle ensued thereafter lasting for several hours through out the night. Maj Anshoo Saxena and his comrades managed to eliminate three militants during the operation. However during the heavy exchange of fire, Maj Anshoo Saxena received multiple gun shots and got seriously injured. He later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Maj Anshoo Saxena was a valiant soldier and determined officer who led from the front and laid down his life in the line of his duty. He was given the gallantry award, “Sena Medal” posthumously for his conspicuous bravery, leadership, devotion to duty and supreme sacrifice.

 

Maj Anshoo Saxena is survived by his father Dr Ramesh Chandra Saxena, mother Smt Premlata Saxena, wife Smt Ruchi Saxena, son Aman, daughter Anshooka and brother Shri Amit Saxena.

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20 Comments
  • Jasminder Singh

    2020at9:01 pm Reply

    Anshu was a dear friend. His smile and pleasing personality is still in my memory. I attended his funeral and I cried a lot like a kid. God bless you my dear friend wherever you are.

  • Neha Srivastava

    2021at1:27 pm Reply

    Anshu bhaiya is an example in our family. My Tauji was extremely proud of him. He and my father were more of friends than brothers. Ramesh Tauji was an excellent human being. Always smiling. He always narrated this encounter of Anshu bhaiya with pride in his eyes. Salute to him

    • Vivek Saxena

      2021at9:59 pm

      Jai Haind
      Salute to my Brother Major Anshul Saxena गर्व है भाई ने देश की रक्षा करते हुए अपनी जान निछावर कर दीऔर उन सभी भाइयों बहनों से जो देश की रक्षा करते हैं और जिन्होंने अपनी जान निछावर करती सैल्यूट है उन सब भी जब अपने भाई के बारे में किसी को बताओ तो रोंगटे खड़े हो जाते हैं Jai Haind

  • Krishan Kumar Saxena

    2021at8:38 pm Reply

    I am proud of Anshu. His sacrifice for Nation will always be remembered by Nation. I salute him.

  • Mansi Saxena

    2021at9:57 am Reply

    I knew him a child when my father was posted in Kashmir around 1996-97, he is my father’s cousin who is now retired from Army. I remember going to Udhampur, playing with then baby Aman(Anshoo chacha’s first born). I even have a picture of chacha ji wearing a newpaper apron , must have been a game in a party. He will be dearly missed.

  • Capt VP Sharma , SM

    2021at11:18 pm Reply

    My friend Anshu .
    We were together in the academy. Yes … Jessami 11 , same coy.
    We were together somewhere in the North.
    Bumping into each other in transit officers mess was always a pleasure.
    We will be together again someday.
    Till then .. hold the fort Anshu .
    Be happy wherever you are and remember… you are remembered

  • Piyush Berry

    2021at5:41 pm Reply

    Dear Sexy
    You are still a lovable guy, you cannot fade from my memory, we trained together at OTA, those 10 months of brotherhood, was always an everlasting bond between the band of brothers of SSC-52, I miss you man , being from Jessami-11, those sharing of fags, and patiala, sharing our thoughts,
    Dear brother, wherever you are in this world, God bless you and God bless your soul, AN ULTIMATE SACRIFICE BY A SOLDIER FOR HIS COUNTRY AND ITS PEOPLE

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