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Brigadier Kuldip Singh Chandpuri, hero of historic battle of Longewala and inspiration for movie Border, dies at 78

Chandigarh: Brigadier Kuldip Singh Chandpuri (retd), who is known as the hero of the historic 1971 battle of Longewala, died Saturday in a private hospital in Mohali, his family said. He was 78. Chandpuri was suffering from cancer, his family said. He is survived by his wife and three sons.

Brigadier Chandpuri was an Indian Army Major during the 1971 India-Pakistan war. Image courtesy: News18

Brigadier Kuldip Singh Chandpuri was an Indian Army Major during the 1971 India-Pakistan war. Image courtesy: News18

The Hindi film 'Border', in which actor Sunny Deol played the role of Chandpuri, made in 1997, depicted the India-Pakistan war in Rajasthan. Chandpuri was a Maha Vir Chakra awardee.

The battle of Longewala (1971) was one of the first major engagements in the western sector during the Indo-Pak War of 1971, fought between assaulting Pakistani forces and Indian defenders at the Indian border post of Longewala in the Thar desert of Rajasthan.

A company of the Indian Army's 23rd battalion, Punjab Regiment, commanded by then Major Kuldip Singh Chandpuri, was left with the choice of either attempting to hold out until reinforced, or fleeing  on foot from Pakistani force.

Choosing the former, Chandpuri ensured that all his assets were correctly deployed, and made the most use of his strong defensive position, and weaknesses created by errors in enemy tactics.


Updated Date: Nov 17, 2018 16:05 PM

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