War veteran and founder of Prahar Samaj Jagruti Sanstha and Prahar Military School – Col Sunil Deshpande – passed away at the age of 75 on Friday. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis expressed deep sorrow on the demise of Col Deshpande.
Col Deshpande was the commander of 2nd Maratha Battalion and fought for India in the 1965 Indo-Pak war and 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. For his services in the war, Col Deshpande was awarded with the Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM).
During his last posting at the Commando Training Centre in Belgaum, he came across actor Nana Patekar, who was training at the centre for his role in the movie ‘Prahar.’ Inspired by the movie and with an intention to nurture young minds for service to the country, Col Deshpande took pre-mature retirement and founded Prahar Samaj Jagruti Sanstha. He later founded the military school in 2002. The military school is credited with preparing and sending more than 250 boys and girls in the Indian Army.
Col Deshpande is survived by daughters Sneha Mahajan and Shiwalee Deshpande and wife Shama.
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