A Braveheart Indian Army Officer Who Killed Top Three HM Terrorist Before laid down his Life

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Major Mukund Varadarajan was born on 12 April 1983 to R.Varadarajan and Geetha and had two sisters Swetha and Nithya. Mukund married his longtime friend Indhu Rebecca Varghese on 28 August 2009 and had a daughter Ashreya born on 17 March 2011. He received his Bachelor of Commerce From Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Viswa Mahavidyalaya at Enathur and a diploma in journalism from the Madras Christian College, Tambaram. His grandfather and two of his uncles also served in the army and this motivated Varadarajan to join the army.

Major Mukund was an alumnus of Officers Training Academy and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Rajput Regiment (22 Rajput) in 2006. He served at the Infantry School in Mhow, Madhya Pradesh and was also a part of United Nations Mission in Lebanon. In December 2012, he was deputed to the 44th Battalion of the Rashtriya Rifles and posted in the Shupiyan district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Major Mukund varadarajan  was leading  an anti-terrorist search operation on 25 April 2014, to clear the village of terrorists. During the operation, his team came under heavy fire. The officer responded swiftly, and killed three terrorists of the Hizbul Mujahideen who were responsible for killing election officials 24 hours earlier. He was gravely injured during the assault and was evacuated but he died owing to severe injuries.

He was posthumously awarded the Ashok Chakra, India’s highest peacetime gallantry award in 2014, for displaying valor beyond the call of duty for his brave actions during the operation. During the operation, before attaining martyrdom, Major Mukund displayed exemplary leadership skills, raw courage, planning and swift action, which culminated in the elimination of the three top ranked Hizbul Mujaheddin terrorists.  Major Mukund is the fourth recipient of the “Ashoka Chakra” from the state of Tamil Nadu.

Major Mukund Vardarajan is survived by his Parents R.Varadarajan and Geetha, Wife Indhu Rebecca Varghese, daughter Ashreya, and two Sisters Swetha and Nithya.

The citation for the Ashoka Chakra awarded to him reads:

Major Mukund varadarajan  was leading  an anti-terrorist search operation on 25 April 2014, to clear village of terrorists. During the operation, his team came under heavy fire. The officer responded swiftly, and killed three terrorists of the Hizbul Mujahideen who were responsible for killing election officials 24 hours earlier. He was gravely injured during the assault and was evacuated but he died due to the injuries. He was posthumously awarded the Ashok Chakra, India’s highest peacetime gallantry award in 2014, for displaying valor beyond the call of duty for his brave actions during the operation. During the operation, before attaining martyrdom, Major Mukund displayed exemplary leadership skills, raw courage, planning and swift action, which culminated in the elimination of the three top ranked Hizbul Mujaheddin terrorists. Mukund is the fourth recipient of the “Ashoka Chakra” from the state of Tamil Nadu.

 Tributes

Major Mukund Varadarajan’s mother paying tributes to her son said, ‘As a mother, I wanted him to be near me and not live where danger lay’, ‘My son was so sure about where he wanted to be, and he was so happy to wear the army uniform and work for the country’. She also said, “Before any major operation, he would tell me, “Please pray for me, Amma, but don’t ask me why”.

Major Mukund Varadarajan had turned 31, on April 12, 2014,  his father Varadarajan had sent him birthday greetings on WhatsApp, early in the morning, to which there was an immediate thank you response where he said he’d call in the evening. Which he did. And then, as always, he spoke a little to his father and a lot to his mother.

But one of the messages he sent to his father was a secret. “He told me he was going to take leave for ten days and come home in the first week of May. He wanted me to keep it as a secret from his wife Indhu. He wanted to surprise her.” A few days later, on April 25, he came home a few days early… in a coffin.