Chandigarh: Brigadier (Retd.) Kuldip Singh Chandpuri who was an Army Major in the 1971 India-Pakistan war breathed his last on Saturday (November 17). The war veteran died in a private hospital in Mohali. He was 78. Also Read - Sunny Deol is Filmy Fauji, While I'm Real Fauji: Amarinder Singh
The ‘hero’ is known for fighting the Battle of Longewala in Rajasthan against the full-fledged Pakistani Patton tanks. With just 120 men, Kuldip Singh resisted Pakistan’s 51 Infantry Brigade, a Regiment of T-59 and Squadron of Sherman Tanks. Having forced the enemy to leave the Warfield successfully, the war hero was decorated with the Maha Vir Chakra which is the second highest gallantry award of the land. Also Read - Vijay Diwas 45th Anniversary: Quotes, Pictures, WhatsApp & SMS messages to mark Indian Army's victory over Pakistan in 1971
Brigadier’s son Hardeep Singh Chandpuri said that the cremation would take place after Kuldip Singh’s other son returns from Germany. Also Read - Nation pays homage to bravehearts of 1971 India-Pakistan war on Vijay Diwas
Hearing the news of the Brigadier’s demise, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh expressed his condolence in a tweet and acknowledged Chandpuri as a brave, distinguished soldier and hero of the Battle of Longewala. “Very sorry to learn of the sad demise of Brigadier KS Chandpuri, MVC. He was a very brave and distinguished soldier and the hero of the Battle of Longewala. The nation is poorer with his passing away. My heartfelt condolences to his family,” he tweeted.
Inspired by the brave brigadier, a movie adaptation of his life was earlier made namely Border. The Bollywood blockbuster movie was released in 1997. The role of the Brigadier in the movie was played by actor Sunny Deol.