Service No : IC-20230
Place of birth : Dharamsala, (HP)
Service : Army
Last Rank : Major
Unit : 9 Jat
Arm/Regt : The Jat Regiment
Operation : Op Cactus Lily
Martyrdom : December 5, 1971
Major SC Guleri hailed from Dharamsala city in Himachal Pradesh. After completing his graduation from Government College, Dharamshala, he got selected to join the Army as a commissioned officer. He was commissioned into the 9 Jat Battalion of the Jat Regiment, an Infantry Regiment with a long history of gallantry and battle honours.
By the year 1971, he had been promoted to the rank of Major and had gathered experience of serving in various challenging operational areas. In the same year, he got married to Ms Snehlata on October 22 1971. However by then the war clouds had firmed up on the horizon and just four days later he was recalled by his unit to join back.
Battle of Chhamb (Indo-Pak war): 04-05 Dec 1971
During 1971 war, Maj SC Guleri's unit 9 Jat was deployed in the western sector under the operational control of 68 Infantry Brigade commanded by Brigadier Tom Morlin. The unit played an important role in the 'Battle of Chhamb'. 68 Inf Bde was functioning under the overall control of 10 Infantry Division commanded by Major General Jaswant Singh. Besides the resources of 68 Inf Bde, 10 Inf Div had combat elements of 28 Infantry Brigade(Responsible for the Defence of Hills Sector in the North), 191 Infantry Brigade(Responsible for the Defence of Chhamb Sector, West of Munawar Tawi), 52 Infantry Brigade(Responsible for the Defence of Jaurian Sector, East of Munawar Tawi) and 10 Div Artillery Brigade. Maj SC Guleri's unit 9 Jat was operating along with the units of 68 Inf Bde which included 7 Kumaon, 5/8 GR and 18 Fd Regt (Artillery).
The Indo-Pak war of 1971 officially commenced on 03 Dec 1971 when Pakistani Air Force attacked various air fields of the IAF. Within hours after the air attack Pakistan’s 23 Division opened Artillery fire with all its nine Regiments along a 30-40 Kms front in the Chhamb sector. Soon thereafter a well-coordinated attack with armour was launched on 191 Brigade, which was the only Brigade of 10 Division of Indian Army defending the area west of the Munawar Tawi river at that time.
By first light 5 December, Pakistani forces managed to establish a Bridgehead over River Tawi. A Counter Attack was put in later in the morning using ‘B’ Company of 5/8 GR along with Two Troop of ‘A’ Sqn of 72 Armoured Regiment at 0930 hours of 5th December, and the west-side of Mandiala Bridge was successfully recaptured by 1030 hours. During the first half of the day, haphazard & desperate fighting continued between Pakistani forces and the troops of 68 Inf Brigade including Maj SC Guleri's unit 9 Jat . Although the west-side of Mandiala Bridge was successfully recaptured by Indian Army by mid morning Maj SC Guleri was not traceable. He is believed to have been captured and taken prisoner, as his body was never found.