Kargil martyr’s son joins dad’s battalion
MUZAFFARNAGAR: Hitesh Kumar was just six years old when his father, a lance naik in the 2nd Battalion of Rajputana Rifles, was killed at Tololing, in Kargil, on the night of June 12, 1999. When he heard the news, he swore that when he grew up, he would join the Army.
Almost exactly 19 years later, Hitesh has been commissioned as a lieutenant in the Indian Army after passing out from the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun.
Not just that, he will be serving in the same battalion as his father. Shortly after the passingout parade, Hitesh paid tribute to his deceased father, Bachan Singh, at the latter’s memorial in the Civil Lines area of Muzaffarnagar.
For 19 years, I dreamt of joining the Army. It became my mother’s dream too. Now I want to serve my country with pride and honesty,” said Hitesh.
“It has been a difficult life since Bachan was martyred. I dedicated my life to raising my two sons. Today I am proud that Hitesh was commissioned into the Army. His younger brother, Hemant, is also preparing to join the Army.
There is nothing more I could ask for,” said a tearful Kamesh Bala, Hitesh’s mother, at the memorial to the Kargil martyr.
“Bachan was a brave soldier. When our battalion was attacked at Tololing, he was shot in the head and died on the battlefield. We lost 17 soldiers that day, including Maj Vivek Gupta from Dehradun. I am glad Bachan’s son has received his commission. His father would have been proud of him,” said Rishipal Singh, who was in Bachan’s battalion.
It was the 2nd Battalion of Rajputana Rifles which won Tololing, the very first success in Kargil, which was the launch pad for further assaults.
It came at a very heavy cost. It took three weeks of fighting and over 100 casualties.
Four officers were killed in the final assault as well as two JCOs and 17 jawans. Seventy were wounded.
The battalion’s second in command was among those killed, the most senior officer killed in Kargil.
tahseen ahmed-1 day ago
Proud to be an Indian
Azhar Ali Azhar
Azhar-1 day ago
Feeling proud of you Hitesh Sir!
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Gentleman-1 day ago
A proud Son to his parents. India solutes as aspiration is achieved.
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Hs Bhatti-1 day ago-Follow
Salute to u and your family
Nawaz-Mumbai-1 day ago-Follow
Brave father brave son, we are proud of you brother.
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Nasir Mulla Nasir Mulla-1 day ago-Follow
Maa Tujhe Salaam!!! We are proud of you.
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Mr Wonderful-1 day ago-Follow
Salute you sir and your father. We citizens of India can sleep well and roam freely because of brave people like yourself and your father.
Sarit-New Delhi-1 day ago-Follow
Salute to you brother. Tumhari kuch braveheart & sacche logon ki umiddon se jirhe hai sache Indian. Kabhi toh mera desh badlega. Jai Hind
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Chirag-1 day ago-Follow
Enemy can not harm India due to son of India like Hiteshji, Truly Indian Hero. Jai Hind !
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Vandana Sharma-Others-1 day ago-Follow
There ia no comparison of these Army men!! These r the only those few ones who make us feel so proud ,amazng Brave son
Indian Hindu-1 day ago-Follow
God save our Armymen, both from the enemies and from the politicians.
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jose.varghese14 Varghese-Location-1 day ago-Follow
Great news indeed. Son joining in the father''s battalion as a commissioned officer indeed a great things for the son. Proud of the mother who sent her son to the Army even after losing her husband. Congratulatons to both Mother and the son and good luck to the younger son who is preparing to join Army.
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Karthik Balakrishnan-1 day ago-Follow
What a son, what an even greater mother! Salute to the whole family! Great news to start a day. I feel a bit teary eyed already.
Devi-1 day ago-Follow
proud of you. my cousin died in pathankot attack. Niranjan. But still I'm not sad. he died for our country
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Asif Khan-1 day ago-Follow
A salute from my soul
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Raj Kumar Garg-1 day ago-Follow
Salute to the young proud officer n best wishes,proud of Indian Army
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Sanjoy Pandey-1 day ago-Follow
They are the brave sons of mother India, who love their mother land.
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Md Prakash-India-1 day ago-Follow
god bless you soldier! we salute you. Jai Hind