Untold Facts About Border Movie Real Hero Brigadier Kuldip Singh Chandpuri
Hello Defence Lovers, Decorated war hero of 1971 India-Pakistan war, Brigadier Kuldeep Singh Chandpuri, died today morning in a private hospital in Mohali. Chandpuri was the recipient of country’s second highest gallantry award, Mahavir Chakra (MVC) for defending the Longewala sector from Pakistani mechanised infantry.
- Chandpuri’s 120 men faced 2000 Pak soldiers and one armoured regiment courageously and halted the Pakistani infiltration in the Indian border post of Longewala.
- Brigadier Kuldeep Singh Chandpuri resident of Sector 33 Chandigarh, played a key role in the Indo-Pak war in 1971 (on the Longewala checkpoint). Kuldeep Singh was the Major in that battle. And later he went to the post of Brigadier and after retiring, he started living in Chandigarh. Those who know about the battle of Longjevala, they still consider Brig Chandpuri as hero.
- In the battle ofLongewala , Kuldeep Singh had led the Indian Army with bravery and thoughtfulness, for which he was honored with Mahavir Chakra. Kuldeep Singh was born on 22 November 1940 in Montgomery in the Punjab region of undivided India in the Gujjar family. After that his family came to his native village Chandpur Roorkee, which is in Balchaur.
- Kuldeep Singh was an active member of the NCC. When Kuldeep Singh graduated from Hoshiarpur Government College in 1962, he passed the NCC examination too. Kuldeep Singh was the army officer of the third generation of his family serving in the Indian Army. His two uncle was a pilot in the Indian Air Force. Kuldeep Singh was the only child of his parents.
- The famous photograph of his soldiers dancing atop vanquished Pakistani tanks after the battle of Longewala was won, adorned the wall in a big frame in the living room of his house.
- The feat of Brig. Chandpuri and his men later became celluloid history through the J.P. Dutta-directed Bollywood blockbuster “Border” which was released in 1997. His action-packed role was played by actor Sunny Deol.
- The decorated war veteran, who took the Chandpuri surname from his native village Chandpur in Balachaur sub-division of Punjab, was born on November 22, 1940 in Montogomery (now in Pakistan) in undivided India.
- Commissioned into the Indian Army in 1963 after completing his training course at the Officers’ Training Academy-Madras (now Chennai), Brig. Chandpuri was assigned to the 23rd battalion of the Punjab Regiment.
- Brig. Chandpuri lived up to the reputation of the Regiment when he led his men to hold back the advancing Pakistanis and finally decimate them with support from the Indian Air Force (IAF). Twenty-two Pakistani tanks were destroyed in the Battle of Longewala.
- He saw action in the 1965 India-Pakistan war in the Western sector, served in the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) in Gaza (Egypt) and was twice an instructor at the prestigious Infantry School, Mhow (Madhya Pradesh), imparting combat training.
- Chandpuri was nominated as a Councillor in the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, where he served actively (2006-2011), raising issues of civic amenities, sports and other local matters. Chandigarh, and Punjab, have lost a great fighter.