Service No: IC-61390

Place of Birth : Hyderabad dist (AP)

Service: Army

Last Rank : Major

Unit : 6 Kumaon

Arm/Regt : The Kumaon Regiment

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Award : Kirti Chakra

Date of Martyrdom : Sep 22, 2009

Major Suresh Suri KC

Major Suresh Suri belonged to Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh. Son of an IAF veteran S V Subba Rao and Mrs S Girija, Maj Suresh was the eldest of three siblings. His younger brother Sunil is an IT professional in Pune, and his younger sister Surekha is a homemaker.

 

Major Suresh Suri joined the Army in 2001 and was commissioned into the Kumaon Regiment, an infantry regiment known for its gallant soldiers and numerous battle exploits. Major Suresh got married in 2008 to Pallavi but she could not join him as he was serving in a field area in J & K  during that time. After serving for few years with his parent unit, Major Suresh was later deputed to serve with 13 RR battalion in 2007, deployed in J & K for counter insurgency operations.

 

Bandipora Operation : 22 Sep 2009

 

On 22 Sep 2009, Maj Suresh Suri’s unit had received credible intelligence reports about the presence of terrorists in a village in Bandipora district. A decision was taken to launch a search and destroy operation to nab the terrorists under the leadership of Maj Suresh. As planned, Maj Suresh along with his troops swung into action and cordoned off the suspected house.

 

After carrying out quick appreciation of the situation, Major Suresh Suri along with three other soldiers entered the house to search for the hideout. On the second floor of house, Maj Suresh found some suspicious loose planks of wood on the roof, which indicated the possibility of a hideout. Maj Suresh decided to scale the roof with another soldier to achieve surprise. However, they came under heavy fire from the terrorists and got seriously injured. Maj Suresh despite being injured retaliated swiftly from his AK-47 gun and also lobbed a hand grenade, killing one terrorist and injuring the other. The second terrorist though injured took cover in the hideout and started firing indiscriminately, causing injuries to other personnel of the search party. Maj Suresh continued to direct fire to ensure the safe evacuation of his injured comrades. However, Maj Suresh later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred.

 

Maj Suresh Suri was awarded the nation’s second highest peace time gallantry award, “Kirti Chakra” for his outstanding courage, leadership and supreme sacrifice.

Citation for the Kirti Chakra awarded to him reads :-

On 22 Sep 2009, Maj Suresh Suri was part of inner cordon around a suspected house. After carrying out quick appreciation of the situation, Major Suresh Suri along with three other ranks entered the house to search for the hideout. On the second floor of house the officer found some suspicious loose planks of wood on the roof where the hideout was expected. The officer scaled the roof with his buddy to achieve surprise.

They however came under heavy fire from the terrorists and got seriously injured. The officer despite being injured retaliated with fire from his Rifle AK-47 and also lobbed a hand grenade, killing one terrorist and injuring the other. The second terrorist took cover in the hide out and started firing indiscriminately, causing injuries to other personnel of the search party. The officer ensured the safe evacuation of injured comrades. In the ensuing fire fight the officer was grievously injured and later succumbed to his injuries.

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18 Comments
  • Lanka Venkata Narasimha Rao

    2021at2:17 pm Reply

    A poetic tribute to Major Suresh Suri in his mother tongue Telugu :

    *మేజర్ సురేష్ సూరి*
    (05-10-1979 to 22-09-2009)

    సూరి వంశ సూరీడు
    ధీరుడగు సైనికుడు
    అచ్చ తెలుగు వీరుడు
    స్వఛ్చమైన యోధుడు

    విద్యా వినయము నేర్చిన
    వీరతేజ విప్రుడు
    సాంప్రదాయ కుటుంబమున
    జనయించిన సత్పురుషుడు

    గిరిజా, సుబ్బారావుల
    ధీరుడగు సుపుత్రుడు
    సునీల్, సురేఖలకతడు
    ప్రియమగు అగ్రజుడు

    భాగ్యనగర వాసుడు
    భరతమాత సేవకుడు
    పిన్న ప్రాయమునందే
    ఉన్నత పదవందుకొనెను

    కాష్మీరు లోయలో
    ఉగ్రమూకల వేటలొ
    అశువులుబాసిన ఘనుడు
    “కీర్తిచక్ర” సన్మానితుడు
    జైహింద్ – జై భారత్*
    రచన : లంకా వేంకట నరసింహారావు

  • Rajesh Kumar

    2022at2:31 am Reply

    Suresh was my Senior in KV PICKET Secunderabad, i remember he was asked by our our PT Sir K Sai to supervise the NCC Air Wing Cadets of KV PICKET, he was so mature n tough for his age, i knew that he would be gon to become someone great, he was impressed with my Parade and Salute so he told me to lead the Contingent.

    • Nityanand

      2022at10:35 pm

      I was in the same batch of NCC. He was one yr senior. The way he commanded and shouted.. Still rings in my ears.

  • Lt Col Kartikeyan

    2022at5:17 pm Reply

    Had the proud privilege of training with
    Maj Suresh Suri when I was in IMA with him. I still remember him as a formidable senior and a great soldier till he attained greater glory. God bless.

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