Kuldip Singh Chandpuri, The Hero Of Battle Of Longewala Passes Away
Sunday, November 10, 2019
Brigadier Kuldip Singh Chandpuri (Retired)
Rediff : Brigadier (retd) Kuldip Singh Chandpuri, known as the hero of the
Battle of Longewala during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, died at a hospital in
Mohali on Saturday, his family said. He was 78. Great Sikh Warrior ...courage dedication and steadfastness ....Longewala Post...a long strenous night of battle and at day break 4 Hawker Hunters operating from Jaisalmer Forward Operating Base put paid to Paki plans to have lunch at Jaisalmer!
Brig Chandpuri was suffering from cancer. He is survived by his wife and three sons, his family said. Brig
Chandpuri was a recipient of the Maha Vir Chakra -- the country's
second-highest gallantry award -- for his role at Longewala, an outpost
in the Thar desert of Rajasthan.
He held off a Pakistani attack while leading a small group of Indian soldiers through the night in the 1971 war.
The 1997 Bollywood classic, Border, in which actor Sunny Deol played the role of Brig Chandpuri, was made depicting the Longewala battle. The cremation will take place on Monday with full military honours. Brig Chandpuri passed out from the Officers' Training Academy,
Chennai, in 1963 and was commissioned into the 23rd Battalion of the
Punjab Regiment. He took part in the 1965 war on the western sector and,
thereafter, served in the United Nations Emergency Force for about a
year. He also served twice as an instructor at the Infantry School,
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh condoled the passing away of
Chandpuri, saying his exemplary and heroic leadership in the Battle of
Longewala would inspire the young soldiers and officers of the defence
services to discharge their duties with utmost devotion, commitment and
sincerity. "Very sorry to learn of the sad demise of Brigadier KS Chandpuri,
MVC. He was a very brave and distinguished soldier and the hero of the
Battle of Longewala. The nation is poorer with his passing away. My
heartfelt condolences to his family," the chief minister tweeted.
citation for his Mahavir Chakra Award reads: "Major Kuldip Singh
Chandpuri was commanding a company battalion of the Punjab Regiment
occupying a defended locality in the Rajasthan Sector."
At the Battle of Longewala, Brig Chandpuri exhibited dynamic
leadership, exceptional courage and determination in holding his command
intact and steadfast. He inspired his men moving from bunker to bunker
till the reinforcements arrived, the citation added.