Maj Sandip Unnikrishnan cremated

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Bangalore, Nov 29: The mortal remains of Major Sandip Unnikrishnan, who was killed while fighting against terrorists in Mumbai on Friday, was cremated at Hebbal electrical crematorium, with full Military honours today.

Earlier, the military personnel extended him guard of honour firing three rounds of shots in the air.

Thousands of people, including School Children, Air Force and Army personnel, stood in queue to pay their last respects to the 31 year-old Sandip who laid down his life for the country. The crowd were heard shouting against Pakistan terrorists and Vande Mataram, Sandip Amar Rahe.

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Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, some of his Cabinet colleagues, top army and Police Officials placed wreaths on the body of Maj Sandip Unnikrishnan, who in a short span of nine years after joining the Army rose to the highest level after joining NSG.

People were seen standing all along the procession route from Yelahanka residence to the crematorium to have a glimpse of the brave young Major. Principal of the Frank Antony Public School, where Maj Sandip had his earlier days of education said ''Sandip was brilliant at studies as well as in sports and always wanted to be at the forefront and wanted to contribute something for the country.'' Major Sandip was commissioned into the Army at the age of 22. He was on deputation to 'Black Cat' unit and sent to fight against the Mumbai terrorists attack which has so far claimed more than 195 lives, including 15 NSG, army and police personnel and left 250 injured.

Mr Unnikrishnan, the slain Major's father and a former ISRO Officer without expressing his sorrow, said ''I am proud that my son sacrificed his life while fighting for the country.''


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