Date of Birth : December 18, 1987

Place of birth : Dehradun, U'khand

Service : Army

Last Rank : Major

Unit : 55 RR/EME

Arm/Regt : The Corps of EME

Awards : Shaurya Chakra

Martyrdom : February 18, 2019

Maj Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal SC

Maj Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal hailed from Dehradun in Uttarakhand and was born on 18 Dec 1987. Son of Shri OP Dhondiyal and Smt Saroj Dhondiyal, Maj Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal had three sisters and was the youngest among his siblings. Maj Vibhuti’s father as well as grandfather had worked in the office of Controller Defence Accounts. Maj Vibhuti studied from St Joseph Academy Dehradun and later completed his graduation from DAV college at Dehradun. He was very keen to join the Armed Forces right from his childhood and continued to pursue his dream while studying. Soon after his graduation, he cleared the Combined Defence Services Examination and got selected to join the Army. He was commissioned on 18 Sep 2011 into the Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME), a branch of the Indian Army, responsible for design, development, trial, inspection and refit of weapon systems and equipment. 


As a young Lieutenant, he was sent on attachment to an infantry unit 17 Mahar, deployed at Nangi Tekra in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district in J&K. He soon honed his field craft skills and evolved into a committed soldier. After his tenure in J&K along the LOC, he served in varous Army formations in Rajasthan, Pune and Secundrabad. He also underwent a number of training courses from 2013 to 2017 at various Army Institutes, which equipped him with the knowledge of military tactics and leadership.  After serving for a few years with his parent Corps, Maj Vibhuti in the year 2018, was deputed to serve with 55 RR Battalion, deployed in J & K for counterinsurgency operations. Maj Vibhuti intially functioned as Officer Commanding of Field Repair Increment (FRI) of EME, but later took over as Company Commander of Delta company of 55 RR battalion. Maj Vibhuti later got married to Ms Nitika Kaul belonging to a Delhi-based Kashmiri family on 19th April 2018.


Pulwama Operation: 18 Feb 2019


During 2018-2019, Maj Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal’s unit 55 RR, was deployed in Pulwama district in J&K and was engaged in operations against the militants on a regular basis. Following the terrorists’ attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama on 14 Feb 2019, the security forces were maintaining a state of high alert, and subsequently, a massive operation was launched to nab the perpetrators of the attack. On 17 Feb 2019, the security forces received credible information from the intelligence sources about the presence of terrorists in Pinglan village of Pulwama district. Based on the intelligence inputs 55 RR along with the Special Operation Group of J & K Police launched a search and destroy operation in Pinglan a neighborhood of Kakpora the home of the terrorist, who had attacked the CRPF convoy on 14 Feb.


The assault team was being led by Brigadier Harbir Singh himself and Maj Vibhuti was part of the team. The operation was launched in the night of 17 Feb with fog and poor visibility conditions making the matters worse. At around 1 AM, Maj Vibhuti and his QRT members reached the suspected house and carried out an extensive search. Following a footprint trail, Maj Vibhuti and his comrades reached a cattle shed on the other side of the house. As they moved closer to the shed,  the terrorists opened fire. As Maj Vibhuti was leading the team, he bore the brunt of the attack and received multiple gun shots. Undeterred, Maj Vibhuti immediately swung into action and ordered his men to reorganize and attack. Despite being injured, Maj Vibhuti crawled forward and managed to eliminate one terrorist. In a desperate attempt to flee, the remaining terrorists threw a grenade which proved fatal for Maj Vibhuti and his valiant men. The injured soldiers were shifted to the Army Hospital but Maj Vibhuti and three of his comrades Hav Sheo Ram, Sep Ajay Kumar and Sep Hari Singh, succumbed to their injuries and were martyred. Maj Vibhuti was a valiant soldier and a fine officer who led from the front and laid down his life in the service of the nation, following the highest traditions of the Indian Army. Maj Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal was given the gallantry award, “Shaurya Chakra” for his exceptional courage, devotion to duty, and supreme sacrifice.


Maj Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal is survived by his mother Smt Saroj Dhondiyal, wife Smt Nitika Kaul Dhondiyal, and three sisters. Later carrying forward the legacy of her husband, Smt Nitika Kaul joined the Indian Army and was commissioned into the Army Ordnance Corps in May 2021.

  • If you find any information that is incorrect or inappropriate or have additional information about the soldier that can be added to his memorial site, please contact us by using the tab given below.
  • shashi kant rai

    2022 at 11:36 pm Reply

    Jai hind.. Be strong Nikki ma’am

  • Yogin Dobariya

    2022 at 11:37 pm Reply

    We are proud of you mam

  • Rewa Sareen

    2022 at 11:38 pm Reply

    Salute to you our brave heart……

  • हरीश स्वामी Harish swami

    2022 at 11:39 pm Reply

    I still remember the day I met u in rishikesh and we turned very good friends. very young and handsome
    smiling Lieutenentt I met u the day I can’t forget about..then Capt.विभूति..and the day I was sitting in very cold day at Shimla in my house watching TV news made me bit depressed because of pulvaama all of sudden a heart-rending news appeared that a ” भारतीय सेना के मेजर विभूति शंकर डॉडियाल आतंकवादियों से लड़ते हुए शहीद हो गए” मेरा सिर चकरा गया.. कमरा घूमता हुआ नजर आने लगा.. ना रो ही पाया ना कुछ और बोल पाया बस जहां था थम सा गया..किसी तरह खुद को संभाला और अपनी मां से कहा.. उसके बाद आंसुओं का बांध टूट पड़ा पर मै क्या कर सकता था ..किसी तरह दूसरे दिन शिमला से देहरादून पहुंचा.. अपने इस दोस्त के अंतिम दर्शन करने ,जिस से सिर्फ में दो बार ही मिला था आज भी उस को याद करता हूं तो आंखे खुद ही भीग जाती है दोस्त आप जहां भी हो खुद तो खुश होंगे पर कुछ ऐसे भी लोग पीछे होंगे जो दिल में एक दर्द सा लिए तुम्हे हमेशा याद रखेंगे और बेशक गम ही सही पर गर्व से सिर भी ऊंचा करते होंगे जिसके जीवन में कभी आप किसी ना किसी रूप से आए थे.. प्यारे प्यारे विभू तुम्हारा यूं चले जाना और तुम्हारे तस्वीर में तुम्हारा मुस्कुराना कभी नहीं भूल पाऊंगा..कभी अलविदा ना कहना जय हिन्द

  • Pooja Gutte

    2022 at 11:40 pm Reply

    I really from dept of my heart salute u v s dhoundhiyal I am a girl becoming an officer .I love u your wife your family and I after having a good profession will always help yr family

  • Chander Dhoundiyal

    2022 at 11:40 pm Reply

    My dear brother Vibhuti :

    I will tears in my eyes bow my head in honour of your invaluable sacrifice in the service of the nation. Due to you I hold my head in proud that I am one of you. You made all Dhoundiyals proud of there being on this mortal earth. Though I am very late to offer my tributes to you. I have not met you in person but feel a strong bonding from you as I hail from the same village as of yours. Your parents have migrated to Dehradun but village Bamrari will always remember you. God should produce more sons like you and guard our country. Rest in Peace my dear brother. Chander Dhoundiyal

  • Charushree walke

    2022 at 11:41 pm Reply

    Rest in peace. May God give strength to your family. The sacrifice given by this soul is the highest for the nation. Salute to major dhoundhiyal.

  • neeraj Kumar

    2022 at 11:41 pm Reply

    Aao Jhukar salam kre unhe jinkee ishee me yeh mukamm ataa haii. . . . .
    khush naseeb hai ve log jinka khun watan ke kaam ata jai hind jai bharat
    hoWs the joshh
    nice sir

  • Valsan Kunnath

    2022 at 11:42 pm Reply

    Big Salute Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal. Heartfelt condolences to Your Brave Family.
    “Duty Beyond Death” ” Soldiers Go Beyond Call Of Duty”
    Nation First, No Compromise

  • Saurabh Bakshi

    2022 at 11:43 pm Reply

    My respectful salute to all those who made the Supreme Sacrifice for the nation. I also salute the parents, wives and other family members of the mortears.

Post a Comment