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1971 war hero, Brigadier Sandhu cremated with full military honours

Brigadier NS Sandhu (retd), who was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra (MVC) in the 1971 Indo-Pak war, died of cancer in Chandigarh on Friday.

punjab Updated: Mar 31, 2018 17:04 IST
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Army officers paying tribute to 1971 war hero Brigadier (retd) NS Sandhu in Chandigarh on Friday.
Army officers paying tribute to 1971 war hero Brigadier (retd) NS Sandhu in Chandigarh on Friday.(Anil Dayal/HT)

Brigadier NS Sandhu (retd) was cremated with full military honours at Cremation Ground, Sector 25, Chandigarh, on Saturday.

Brigadier NS Sandhu (retd), who was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra (MVC) in the 1971 Indo-Pak war, died of cancer in Chandigarh on Friday, family members said. He was 87.

Sandhu was awarded India’s second-highest wartime gallantry award after the unit (10 Dogra) he was commanding captured a key bridge in Pakistani territory, aborting the neighbouring army’s attempts to mount an offensive into Punjab.

Sandhu was credited with scripting the splendid victory at Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab, a setback for the Pakistani army, senior officials said. Captain DS Ahlawat, one of the officer’s under Sandhu’s command, was awarded the MVC posthumously.

Sandhu was commissioned into 3rd Cavalry in 1953 and took premature retirement in 1986.

The legendary soldier was also Mentioned in Dispatches for gallantry in the Battle of Asal Uttar in Punjab during the 1965 Indo-Pak war. In that battle, a lone cavalry unit destroyed several M-47 Patton tanks of a Pakistani armoured division.

Sandhu’s son-in-law Lieutenant General Alok Singh Kler is the commander of a strike corps headquartered in Ambala.