Service No : 9212865
Date of Birth : May 19, 1953
Place of birth : Chamoli, Uttarakhand
Service : Army
Last Rank : Sepoy
Unit : 10 Mahar
Arm/Regt : The Mahar Regiment
Operation : Op Cactus Lily
Awards : MVC
Martyrdom : November 30, 1971
Sepoy Anusuya Prasad was born on 19th May 1953, in the village of Nanna, Chamoli, in present-day Uttarakhand. Son of Shri Dayanand and Smt Ukha Devi, Sep Anusuya Prasad was enrolled in 10 Mahar on 19th May 1971 at the age of 18 years. Sepoy Ansuya Prasad despite being a young soldier of his regiment played an active role during the 1971 Indo-Pak war.
Eastern Front Operation (Indo-Pak War) : 30 Nov 1971
Though the war with Pakistan actually commenced on 03 Dec 1971, when Pakistani Air Force attacked Air Bases of India, the border skirmishes were going on much before that and Sep Anusuya Prasad’s unit was involved in one such operation on 29/30 Nov 1971. During that period, 10 Mahar battalion as part of 81 Mountain Brigade was deployed in Shamsher Nagar of erstwhile east Pakistan. The Mahar Regiment was given the task of capturing an enemy position, a tea factory at Chatlapur on the Eastern Front, which was a well-fortified building dominated by machine guns around the entire area. The plan of action, under Commanding officer, Major Gen K V Krishna Rao, was to send a squad to get into the enemy defences and set the building on fire.
Sepoy Ansuya Prasad, with utter disregard for his personal safety, volunteered for the task and crawled towards the enemy position, holding a few phosphorous grenades. During the process, he was shot in both his legs but undaunted, he continued crawling up towards the stock of ammunition in the building. Thereafter, he received a machine gun burst in his shoulder, and still undeterred, though bleeding profusely, he crawled up to the building and lobbed the grenades into it, setting it on fire before succumbing to his wounds. His exceptional bravery forced the enemy to abandon the building and enabled the troops to capture the objective and subsequently, the two Pak Brigades which were defending the town, surrendered on 17 December, ’71. The daredevil action of Sep Anusuya Prasad changed the course of battle and ensured a decisive victory for Indian forces.
Sepoy Ansuya Prasad, with just 11 days of service with the Battalion, displayed outstanding courage with utter disregard to his personal safety. His heroism and sacrifice have become part of the Mahar Regimental history. Sep Anusuya Prasad was awarded nation’s second highest award for gallantry, Maha Vir Chakra for making the supreme sacrifice, and became the youngest recipient of the award.
Sep Anusuya Prasad is survived by his wife Smt Chitra Devi.
The citation for Maha Vir Chakra awarded to Sep Anusuya Prasad reads:
Sepoy Ansuya Prasad was young soldier in a battalion of Mahar Regiment, which was given the task of capturing an enemy position on the Eastern Front. The enemy was occupying a well-fortified building dominating the entire area around it with machine guns. It was decided to send a squad to get into the enemy defences and to set the building on fire.
Sepoy Ansuya Prasad volunteered for the task and taking a few grenades, with utter disregard for his personal safety, crawled towards the enemy position. During the process, he was shot in both his legs but undaunted he continued crawling up towards a stock of ammunition. He now received a machine gun burst in his shoulder. Still undeterred, though bleeding profusely, he crawled up to the building and lobbed the grenades into it setting it on fire before succumbing to his wounds. His action forced the enemy to abandon the building and enabled our troops to capture the objective.
In this action Sepoy Ansuya Prasad displayed conspicuous gallantry and made the supreme sacrifice.