Body of Maj Sandip Unnikrishnan brought to city

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Bangalore, Nov 28 (UNI) A pall of gloom descended over the residence of Maj Sandeep Unnikrishnan, the NSG officer who was gunned down by terrorists during the Mumbai attack.

The Yelahanka home was teeming with friends and relatives of the Major, known for bravery since his school days in the Frank Antony Public School (FAPS) in the city.

A special aircraft belonging to IAF brought the body of the officer belonging to Bihar Regiment. He had joined the armed services in 1999. Incidentally, the family did not know that he had been drafted to the NSG.

Maj Unnikrishnan's father is a retired official of the Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) in the city. His mother and sister were inconsolable, while his father looked quite composed despite the tragedy.

The last rites would be performed with full state honours tomorrow.

The 31-year-old army officer's childhood friend S K Krishnan told UNI that the Major always wanted to join the Army. ''If you don't serve in the Indian Army, life is not worth living,'' he had told a friend once.

''During his school days, Major Unnikrishnan was identified by his 'military' haircut in which he was always seen. He was an all - rounder and some of the records he broke in school sports meet still stand,'' a former Principal of FAPS said.

It was not surprising that he joined the army, he added.

He was a native of Kozhikode in Kerala. He was expected to visit his ancestral home next month.

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