Service No : 4583200N
Place of birth : Hassan , Karnataka
Service : Army
Last Rank : Sepoy
Unit : 51 RR/13 Mahar
Arm/Regt : The Mahar Regiment
Operation : CI & IS Ops
Martyrdom : January 25, 2017
Sepoy Sandeep Kumar hailed from Devihalli village of Hassan district Karnataka. He was Inspired by his grandfather and his uncle Manju Shetty, who had earlier served in the Indian Army, eventually, he got selected to join the Army after completing his initial education. He was recruited into the 13 Mahar battalion of the Mahar Regiment, an infantry Regiment well known for its dauntless soldiers and numerous battle exploits. After serving for few years with his parent unit, he was deputed to serve with the 51 RR unit, deployed in J & K for counter-insurgency operations.
Gurez sector avalanche: 25 Jan 2017
During Jan 2017, Sep Sandeep Kumar's unit was deployed in the Gurez sector of North Kashmir along the LOC. The AOR(Area of Responsibility) of the unit spanned over remote rugged mountainous terrain with extreme weather conditions, especially in the winter season. The troops were deployed on various forward posts and often undertook patrol to monitor the area in between the manned posts. Also, heavy snowfall often blocked the roads and hampered the movement of troops which necessitated frequent clearance operations. On 25 Jan 2017, a horrific avalanche struck 51 RR battalion Army camp, which took Sep Sandeep Kumar and many of his comrades off guard. The avalanche hit the post at Neeru village located in the Tulail area, 25 km away from Gurez town in North Kashmir. The place located along the LOC normally remained cut off by road in winter. The avalanche hit the area a few hundred meters away from the HQs of 51 RR unit and trapped the soldiers, who were on patrol.
The soldiers invariably faced extreme risks in manning the inhospitable terrain under extreme weather conditions. Avalanches usually took place due to the accumulation of snow and were triggered by morning sunlight. In other cases, when the slope of accumulated snow was between 60 to 80 degrees, the instability led to an avalanche. Although the Army had a unit of the Snow Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) in Jammu and Kashmir, with several observatories at various locations to issue warnings and alerts to the Army formations and units, it could not detect this avalanche. The magnitude and suddenness of the avalanche did not give any time to Sep Sandeep Kumar and other soldiers of the 51 RR battalion to take any defensive measures. As a result, the soldiers got buried under tons of snow and it was very difficult to locate them.
A massive rescue operation was launched by the Army which continued for several hours to locate and rescue the trapped soldiers. The teams of Army undertook rescue operations under extreme weather conditions but could not save the lives of Sep Sandeep Kumar and thirteen other soldiers. Besides Sep Sandeep Kumar, the other martyred brave-hearts included Nb Sub Aram Singh Gurjar , Hav Vijay Kumar Shukla, Naik Ajit Singh, Sep Samundare Vikas, Sep Sanju Suresh Khandare, Sep Anand Gawai, Sep Sunil Patel, Sep Nagaraju Mamidi, Sep Devender Kumar Soni, Sep Elaverson B, Sep Azad Singh, Sep Sundara Pandi, and Craftsman Ankur Singh. Sep Sandeep Kumar was a valiant soldier who laid down his life in the line of his duty.
Sepoy Sandeep Kumar is survived by his parents Shri Puttaraju and mother Smt Gangamma.
Bibhuti Bhusan Panda2023at2:07 pm
We are Proud of you !! We are blessed to have people like you who served for us to keep us safe. Jai Hind
Always & forever in our hearts ❤️
Srividhya S2023at2:08 pm
Words will not be enough for the sacrifice of our grate soldiers, We Indians are proud of you.
Salute to your courage and sacrifice.
Yamuna A_ Kpmg2023at2:09 pm
Younger generation is calling flim stars as heros but you guys are real heros.
Soliders are not lesser than god. God is invisible but I can say you people are visible god. We cannot imagine peace in our country without soldiers.
I would like to salute for the sacrifice made by each soliders as well as there family members. No words are there to expess my gratitude towards your sacrifice.
Salute to you.
Salute to your Parents.
Salute to your family members.
Salute to your courage.
Salute to your sacrifice.
Bharath Maatha ki Jai and Jai Hind!!!!!
Mallappa halemani2023at2:09 pm
ಗಡಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾಡಿದ ಕನ್ನಡದ ಹೆಮ್ಮೆಯ ಯೋಧನಿಗೆ ಅನಂತ್ ಕೋಟಿ ನಮನಗಳು
Ruma Banerjee2023at2:10 pm
I salute your sacrifice for the country. which we will remember
Brig RK Sharma2023at2:10 pm
I salute you for act of valour. Om shanti
Every Indian is proud of you. My salute to you.