Lt.Col Divakaran Padma Kumar Pillay Shaurya Chakra Honoree

Hails from Kannur Kerala from Indian Army Elite regiment Brigade of GUARDS

A graduate of National Defence academy and Indian Military Academy-12 August 1967

Son of AVD Pillay from Ettumanoor ,Kottayam and Vasantha Pillay from Kannur Kerala

CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF COMMENDATION 2004 Shot into prominence in India particularly in North East after the heroic story came to light in March 2010.

War wounds - Three bullets injuries on right shoulder and arm one on chest and grenade blast on leg.

Lt Col DPK Pillay returned to Longdipabram after 18 years. It was here he took militants’ bullets in his chest, legs and arms as a 27-year-old captain on January 25, 1994, and was later decorated with Shaurya Chakra.

Athanbou Pamei, the 52-year-old village chief, recalled, “A girl and a boy — Masebiliu and Adingmang — were wounded in the crossfire. Captain sa’ab was bleeding profusely, it seemed he wouldn’t live. Still, when a helicopter came to rescue him, he refused to go and insisted that the girls be evacuated.” The officer went on to contribute to the village and was recently featured as a CNN IBN Hero in INDIA Positive and various news paper articles.

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