Service No: JC-39418

Date of Birth: Jan 29, 1934

Place of Birth: Manakkad, Kerala

Service: Army

Last Rank: Subedar

UNIT: 18 Madras

Regiment: The Madras Regiment

Operation : Op Cactus Lily

Award: Vir Chakra

Date of Martyrdom : Dec17, 1971

Subedar AP Sreedhara Dass VrC

Subedar AP Sreedhara Dass was born on 29 January 1934 in Manakkad village in Erankulam district, Kerala. He was  son of Shri Parameswara Panickar. Subedar AP Sreedhara Dass was inducted into the 18 Madras Regiment on 29 January 1951.

 

Op Cactus Lily – 1971:

 

In December 1971 India had to go to war with Pakistan as the genocide perpetrated by Pakistani army in their earstwhile eastern part of the country had posed an unprecedented influx of millions of refugees. India had to fight war on its eastern as well as western and northern front which culminated in liberation of a new country Bangladesh. During the hostility Subedar Sreedharan’s unit was actively involved in the war. He was serving as company commander of  a battalion of Madras regiment.

 

On 16th December 1971, his battalion had taken up a defended area at  Hingora Tar in the Western Sector. In the wee hours of  17th December 1971, the enemy launched an attack in large number. Subedar Sreedharan, without thinking of his personal safety, moved from trench to trench encouraging his men to repulse the attack. Though seriously wounded, he refused to be evacuated. After some time the enemy got the reinforcement and started firing more viciously. As result his men started getting gunshots.  Seeing that the crew of one of his Light Machine Guns had been killed, he took over the light Machine Gun and killed a number of enemy troops himself. During the fight he was seriously wounded as a result of which he died.

 

In this action, Subedar AP Sreedhara Dass displayed gallantry determination and leadership of a high order for which he was awarded with Veer Chakra Posthumously.

Citation for the Vir Chakra Awarded to him reads:-

 

Subedar AP Sreedhara Dass was a platoon commander in a company of a Battalion of The Madras Regiment. On the 16th December 1971, his battalion had taken up a defended area at  Hingora Tar in the Western Sector. In the early hours of  17th December 1971, the enemy launched an attack in strength. with utter disregard to his safety, Subedar AP Sreedhara Dass  moved from trench to trench encouraging his men to repulse the attack. Though seriously wounded, he refused to be evacuated. Half an hour later, the enemy launched another attack and this time was able to close in with the defences. Seeing that the crew of one of his Light Machine Guns had been killed, he took over the light Machine Gun and killed a number of enemy troops himself. During the fight he was seriously wounded as a result of which he died.

 

In this action, Subedar AP Sreedhara Dass displayed gallantry determination and leadership of a high order.

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2 Tributes
  • Santosh Das - Ernakulam,Kerala

    2018 at 4:41 pm Reply

    I am proud to be the son of Sub Sreedhara Das . You are always in my prayers.
    Jai Hind

  • KS Rajan - Ernakulam,Kerala

    2018 at 12:23 pm Reply

    I AM proud of my maternal uncle Sub. Sreedhara Dass . On that fateful day myself was serving in Indian Navy

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