He was admitted to the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital after suffering 98 percent burns after a self-immolation attempt. A grocery shop owner in Kozhikode, Kerala he was very disturbed with the way Sandeep died following the terrorist attack.
Sandeep's father, Unnikrishnan has been quoted as saying, “We are happy with the way the government has treated our son. We have no grievances. Mohanan was very fond of Sandeep. We thought that he had overcome the grief but ended up doing this".
Mohanan is survived by his wife, son and daughter. Unnikrishnan who had earlier flown to Delhi on hearing the news failed to recognize his brother due to extreme disfigurement following the burns.
"He cried uncontrollably when news of Sandeep's death came. I counselled him myself many times... we thought he had got over it in the last three years. But he was an extremely sensitive man... it is clear that the memory was still imprinted in his heart," Unnikrishnan said.
Unnikrishnan said that he had no grouse with the government for his brothers death and said, “My son only did his duty as a commando. Terrorism is a national problem, what my brother did was his own individual decision."