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Major Santosh Kumar Agnihotri was born on 29th November 1958 to Shri PK Agnihotri. He got selected for the prestigious NDA after finishing school. He later went to IMA Dehradun and was commissioned as a Lieutenant at the age of 22 years. He got commissioned into 11 Kumaon of the Kumaon Regiment. Later he was deputed to serve with 1 Assam Rif deployed in the North East for counter-insurgency operations.   

Service Number IC 38703L 
Place of Birth Sitapur, UP 
Rank Major 
Unit 11 Kumaon 
Regiment Kumaon Regiment 
Date of Martyrdom 11th January 1998 

On 11th January 1998, while moving from his location at Nungba to his battalion HQs at Aizwal, Maj Agnihotri noticed some insurgents trying to board a bus. Major Agnihotri realized the potential danger to the lives of the innocent civilians on the bus and immediately swung into action. Without caring for his safety, he moved swiftly and confronted the insurgents, making sure that the civilians were not harmed in any manner. Major Agnihotri created confusion and panic among the insurgents. In a retaliatory move, the insurgents fired indiscriminately at Major Agnihotri and his buddy. Major Agnihotri received multiple gunshots and was seriously injured. In the meantime, the driver taking advantage of the confusion drove the bus off thus saving the lives of many civilians. However, Major Agnihotri succumbed to his injuries and was martyred.  

Major SK Agnihotri is survived by his wife Smt Anita Agnihotri and son Akshat. 

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