Darkness descends on homes of martyrs in Uttarakhand

Army officers pay tribute to fallen soldiers at Pathankot on Tuesday.
Army officers pay tribute to fallen soldiers at Pathankot on Tuesday.

Army officials pay tribute at Pathankot
* Negi had left college to join Army

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 9: Army paid floral tribute to five bravehearts who sacrificed their lives in a terror attack at Badnota near Machedi in Billawar tehsil of Kathua district, in a wreath laying ceremony held at Mamoon Cantt in Pathankot today.

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Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts fall under the jurisdiction of the Western Command.
Bodies of the soldiers identified as Rifleman Anuj Negi hailing from Pauri, Naib Subedar Anant Singh Rawat from Rudraprayag, Naik Vinod Singh from Tehri, Kamal Singh from Pauri and Adarsh Negi from Tehri, all in Uttarakhand, were airlifted from Sub District Hospital (SDH) in Billawar to Mamoon Cantt in Pathankot this morning.
Top Army Commanders laid wreaths and paid their last respects to the martyrs before the bodies were airlifted to Uttarakhand with full military honours for cremation.
Five injured have also been airlifted from Billawar and admitted in the Military Hospitals.
The five Army personnel killed in a terrorist attack on a patrolling party in Kathua martyred hailed from Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said in Dehradun, asserting that their sacrifice will not go in vain.
“Five brave soldiers of Uttarakhand attained martyrdom during the cowardly terrorist attack in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir. This is a moment of great pain for all of us,” Dhami said in a statement.
“Our bravehearts made the supreme sacrifice for their motherland in keeping with the rich military tradition of Uttarakhand,” he said, adding their “sacrifice will not go in vain.
Terrorists, who are the enemies of humanity and guilty of this cowardly attack, will not be spared at any cost, he said, adding the people who sheltered them will also have to face the consequences.
He said the entire State stands with their families in this hour of grief.
The Chief Minister also paid his tribute to those killed through separate posts on X.
Meanwhile, Rifleman Adarsh Negi spoke to his father over the phone on Sunday. The next day, Dalbir Singh Negi got another call, informing him about his son’s death in the terror attack in district Kathua.
The phone call on Monday evening left the family in Thati Dagar village of Uttarakhand’s Tehri district in a state of shock.
He was among the five soldiers from Uttarakhand killed in a terror attack on an Army convoy in Kathua on Monday.
In Pauri, Rifleman Anuj Negi’s mother and wife fell unconscious upon receiving the news of his death. The scene was similar at Havildar Kamal Singh’s home who has left behind his mother, wife and two daughters aged eight and four years.
The 32-year-old Singh, who had just completed 10 years in service, had come home in Papadi Naudanu village two-and-a-half months ago to get his youngest daughter admitted to school, a local said.
His father Kesar Singh died a few years ago.
Adarsh Negi (25), a farmer’s son, was the youngest of the three siblings. He had left his college studies midway to fulfil his dream of serving the country by being in the army.
Dalbir Singh Negi said his son studied up to class 12 at Government Inter College in Piplidhar and then joined Garhwal University to do BSc. He left his studies to join the Garhwal Rifles, he said.
I spoke to him last on July 7 over the phone. He had come home in February and returned on March 26 to join duty,” Dalbir Singh Negi said, fighting back his tears.
In Pauri’s Dobariya village, friends and relatives flocked to Anuj Negi’s home to console his mother and wife, but in vain.
The only son of his parents, Anuj Negi (26) got married in December last year. He rejoined duty four months after tying the knot, said Subhash Chandra Jakhmola, the gram pradhan of the nearby Jamri village.
After doing his intermediate, Anuj Negi joined the Garhwal Rifles about five years ago and his mother had distributed sweets in the village, Jakhmola said.