Nov 30, 2008

India - Don’t come up, I will handle them, said the hero

New Delhi: “Do not come up, I will handle them,” these were probably the last words which Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan told his men as he was hit by bullets while engaging terrorists inside the Taj.

“Major Unnikrishnan rescued an injured commando before he was hit,” Director-General of NSG J.K. Dutt said after he announced ‘mission accomplished’ at the Taj and quoted the slain major as telling his crack team, “Do not come up, I will handle them.”

“During the operation, when a commando got injured Unnikrishnan arranged for his evacuation and started chasing the terrorists himself,” a senior National Security Guard (NSG) official said here.

The terrorists escaped to another floor of the hotel and during the chase Unnikrishnan was seriously injured and succumbed to his injuries, the official said.

The other braveheart, havildar Gajendra Singh, was a specialist in heli-borne operations.

“Gajendra Singh was chosen for the Nariman House operation as he qualified for the job extremely well. He was leading the slithering act and its follow-up action,” the NSG official said, while paying homage to the slain commandos at the NSG headquarters here. —PTI

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