Naik Sandeep Jadhav Sarjerao hailed from Kelgaon village in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. Son of Sri Sarjerao Jadhav, a farmer Naik Sandeep had joined the Army in the year 2002. Naik Sandeep joined the Army at the age of 19 years and was recruited into 15 MLI of the Maratha Light Infantry Regiment, a regiment known for its fearless soldiers and numerous battle honours.
Poonch Attack : 22 June 2017
During 2017, Naik Sandeep‘s unit of Maratha Light Infantry was deployed in the Poonch sector of J & K along the LOC. India shares a 3,323-km border with Pakistan, of which 221 km of the IB and 740 km of the LOC fall in Jammu and Kashmir. The LOC is highly active and volatile where cease fire violations occur very often and without any warning. It is also used by the terrorists for infiltration with the connivance of Pakistani security forces. The infiltration by the terrorists is invariably attempted under the cover of artillery fire or with the help of Border Action Team(BAT). On 22 June 2017, the Border Action Team (BAT), which generally comprises special forces of the Pakistan Army and some terrorists, carried out an attack on ‘Area Domination Patrol’ of 15 MLI. Naik Sandeep was part of the patrol which came under that unprovoked attack.
Pakistan’s BAT team was 600 meters within the Indian side of the LOC and 200 meters from the Indian posts, in Gulpur forward area in Poonch sector. The Indian Army retaliated and a fierce gun-battle ensued thereafter. During the exchange of fire Sepoy Mane Savan Balku and Naik Jadhav Sandeep Sarjerao got seriously injured and were rushed to the hospital. However both the brave hearts later succumbed to their injuries and were martyred. Naik Sandeep was a valiant and committed soldier who laid down his life in the service of the nation. Naik Sandeep Jadhav is survived by his parents, wife Ujala, a son and a daughter.