Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan
With the death of one of its
natives in Mumbai terror attack, the trauma and pain the country in
general and the Mumbaites in particular had gone through became even
more personal for Veergaon, a small township in Nashik district.......Read
It’s been almost a year to the Mumbai terror attack in which about
at least 173 persons, including security men, died and 308 others
suffered injuries, but for the families, who lost their beloved
ones, it remains a fresh but painful memory.
Even though the memories of the
martyrs may fade with time for public and the rest of the world but
for the families of securitymen, who laid their lives on duty for
the nation, their beloved children’s sacrifice remains an
One of the National Security Guards (NSG)
commandos involved in the security operation during the Mumbai
attack was Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan.
Although it’s been almost a year to
the 26/11 incident, but the pain of losing their beloved son runs
deep in Sandeep’s family. Everyday is an ordeal for his family
members who are still trying to come to terms with the loss of their
He was leading a team of NSG commandos
in the Taj operation and was arranging for the evacuation of his men
and chased the terrorists to another floor of the huge Taj Mahal
hotel, continuously engaging them in battle.
Isolated from the rest of his team he
eventually fell to the bullets of the terrorists. Seriously hurt, he
succumbed to his injuries.
Sandeep, 31, fell to multiple bullet
injuries on November 28, 2008.
“To lose a person like that, it is… we
are laughing, we are eating, we are doing the routine every time,
but to the core, we are not living. I cannot guarantee that next
year we will be here or maybe for ten years we will live. I don’t
know. See the very force inside, instinct for living is again
Sandeep. We would have gone with him, but…,” said Sandeep’s father
K. Unnikrishnan, a retired official of the Indian Space Research
Indian commandos completed operations
on November 29, 2008 to dislodge terrorists at Mumbai’s Taj Mahal
hotel, brining an end to the three days of attack.
Sandeep was commissioned in the Bihar
7th Regiment of the Indian Army in 1999. He was deputed to the NSG
According to his parents, nothing has
changed in the past one year since Sandeep sacrificed his life for
“It is as good as 29/11 when we buried
him, burnt him. Nothing has changed. As far as I’m concerned,
nothing has changed in India. And we’ve changed quite a lot. We
learnt so many things in last one year. How people react somewhere.
For about a month we were not able to walk out. We were not able to
step out and then people were coming and falling at our feet. And
after that it is the same thing. Now, the people, those who are
giving us support, are giving us support and at least a few people
on the street, they recognise me and they give us some kind of
solace,” said Unnikrishnan.
The attack in Mumbai was one of the
biggest terror attacks in the history of the country, where a group
of men armed with assault rifles and grenades — at least some of
whom arrived by sea — had fanned out across Mumbai on November 26,
2008 night to attack sites popular with tourists and businessmen,
including the city’s top two luxury hotels. (ANI)