Service No: IC-51587
Last Rank: Major
Unit: 21 Para (SF)
Arm/Regt: The Parachute Regiment
Operation: Op Parakram
Award : SM
Date of Martyrdom : Aug 29, 2002
Major Vivek Singh Bhandral was a brave soldier of Indian Army. He was commissioned in the parachute regiment and was serving in 21 Para (SF) unit. During the year 2002, his unit was deployed in Jammu & Kashmir on counter-insurgency duties.
Counter Insurgency Battle: 29 Aug 2002
On 29 August 2002, a search operation led by Major Vivek Singh Bhandral was launched. The operation was ordered based on the information of presence of terrorists in an area at Kupwara sector of Jammu & Kashmir. At approximately 1200 hours, during the search, two terrorists had charged out from a house firing indiscriminately on the search party. Maj Bhandral moved forward and he closed in with them and opened fire and shot dead one terrorist at the extremely close range. Second terrorist jumped into a grove and started firing back on Maj Bhandral.
Major Vivek Singh Bhandral displayed unparalleled raw courage and charged towards the hiding terrorists and lobbed a grenade. While attempting to close in, a burst from the terrorists severely wounded the officer. Unmindful of his own injury and incessant bleeding he leaped forward and killed the terrorist on the spot. However Major Bhandral also succumbed to his injuries and made supreme sacrifice in the service of the nation.
This action of major Vivek Singh Bhandral not only enabled successful elimination of the two terrorists but also set a leadership example to this command. For his valour, courage and leadership he was awarded with Sena Medal posthumously.
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