Place of Birth : Srikakulam(AP)
Service : Army
Last Rank : Sapper
Unit : 1RR
Arm/Regt : The Corps of Engineers
Date of Martyrdom : Apr 11, 2018
Sapper Sada Gunakar Rao hailed from Atisurikaviti village of Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh. Son of Mr. Sada Malleswara Rao and Mrs. Jayamma, Sapper S Gunakar had three elder sisters. After completing his education he had joined the Indian Army in 2012 and was recruited into the corps of Engineers. Later he was deputed to 1 RR unit deployed in J & K for counterinsurgency operations.
During 2018, Sapper S Gunakar’s unit was deployed in Kulgam district of J & K and was engaged in operations against the militants on a regular basis. On 10th April 2018, information was received from the intelligence source about the presence of terrorists at a house in Wani Mohalla in Khudwani village of Kulgam district of J&K. Based on the information a decision was taken by the security forces to launch an operation to flush out the terrorists. The operation was launched by a joint team of the Army, Special Operation Group(SOG) of J & K police and CRPF at around 11:30 pm.
The joint team swung into action and the suspected area was cordoned off. On being challenged the terrorists fired at the troops and a fierce gun battle ensued thereafter. The gun battle continued for over 12 hours till the morning of 11 Apr 2018. However, during the heavy exchange of fire Sapper S Gunakar of 1 RR sustained serious injuries and was shifted to 92 Base hospital in Srinagar. Later he succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Sapper S Gunakar displayed raw courage and determination in the operation and laid down his life in the line of his duty, in the best traditions of the Army.
Sapper Sada Gunakar Rao is survived by his father Sri Sada Malleshwara Rao, mother Smt Jayamma and three sisters.
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