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Sandeep Unnikrishnan
Sandeep Unnikrishnan was a Major in the Indian Army serving in the elite National Security Guards (NSG). He was killed in action while fighting terrorists in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks. His bravery was honoured with the Ashoka Chakra on 26 January 2009.

“Do not come up, I will handle them”, were probably the last words which Major Unnikrishnan told his men as he was hit by bullets while engaging well armed terrorists inside the Taj Hotel, Mumbai during Operation Black Tornado.

Later, NSG sources clarified that when a Commando got injured during the operation, Major Unnikrishnan arranged for his evacuation and started chasing the terrorists himself. The terrorists escaped to another floor of the hotel and during the chase Major Unnikrishnan was seriously injured and succumbed to his injuries.

Sandeep Unnikrishnan hails from a Nair family settled in Bangalore that had migrated from Cheruvannur, Kozhikode district, Kerala. He was the only son of retired ISRO officer Mr. K. Unnikrishnan and Mrs. Dhanalakshmi.

Childhood


Major Unnikrishnan spent 14 years at the Frank Anthony Public School, Bangalore, graduating in 1995 in the ISC Science stream. A popular figure among his contemporaries, he wanted to join the Army, even attending school in a crew cut. Being a good athlete, he was active in school activities and sports events. Most of his athletic records in school remained unbroken for years after his leaving the school. He described himself as a movie maniac in his orkut profile.

Besides his display of courage from a young age he had a soft side to him and was a member of the school choir.

Army career


Sandeep joined the National Defence Academy in 1995. He was a cadet, part of the Oscar Squadron (No. 4 Battalion) and a pass-out of the 94th Course of NDA. He graduated as a Bachelor of Arts (Social science stream). His NDA friends remember him as "selfless", "generous" and "calm and composed".

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