JAMMU, Feb 17: The Army today paid rich tributes to Maj Chitresh Singh Bisht, who was martyred in a mine explosion along the Line of Control in Rajouri district on Saturday.
Separate wreath laying ceremonies were held for Major Bisht at Rajouri and Jammu, where senior officers joined other ranks to pay floral tributes, a defence spokesman said.
Major Bisht was leading a bomb disposal squad team for sanitisation when mines were detected on the track in Naushera sector of Rajouri on Saturday. He defused two of the mines successfully but suffered grievous injuries while neutralizing third one, thus attaining martyrdom.
Maj Bisht (31), who hailed from Dehradun in Uttarakhand, is survived by his parents.
Deputy GOC of Tiger Divsion, Brigaider TK Chopra, BGS (Int) White Knight Corps Brigadier D P Singh, Group Captain Air Force Station Jammu GS Tung and others laid the wreaths at the coffin containing mortal remains of the officer at Jammu, the spokesman said.
“The officer was a brave and sincere soldier. The nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty,” the spokesman said. Meanwhile the mortal remains of Major Chitresh Bisht reached Dehradun.
The Major’s body was brought to the Jollygrant airport in an army aircraft from where it was taken to the military hospital Dehradun and last rites will be performed tomorrow.
Bisht’s home at Nehru Colony which was eagerly awaiting his arrival later this month for his marriage slated for March 7 was plunged into mourning as the sad news arrived on Saturday evening.
Friends and relatives kept streaming into his home throughout the day to comfort his distraught parents.
Prominent among those who came to commiserate with the family since Saturday night were Pradesh BJP president Ajay Bhatt, senior party leader Tirath Singh Rawat and party MLAs Vinod Chamoli and Umesh Sharma Kau.
“I salute the supreme sacrifice made by Major Bisht in the service of the nation and send my heartfelt condolences to the martyr’s family. The entire country stands with them in this hour of grief,” Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said in a tweet.
Hailing from Ranikhet in Almora district, Bisht’s parents live in Dehradun. His father S.S Bisht is a retired policeman and his mother a housewife.