We lost another Army officer yesterday. Captain Tushar Mahajan of the 9 Para laid down his life fighting terrorists at Pampore in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.
A file photo of Captain Tushar Mahajan. Twitter
He was the fifth soldier to die on the same day; others were Captain Pawan Kumar of 10 Para, Lance Naik Om Prakash of 9 Para; Head Constable R.K. Raina and Bhola Singh of CRPF.
The unmarried Captain Mahajan was all of 26. A resident of Udhampur, the young soldier took four bullets and was removed to the 92 Base Hospital of the Army. He succumbed to injuries.
A pall of gloom descended on Adarsh Colony of the town as people lent their support to his parents, Asha Rani and Prof Dev Raj. Captain Mahajan’s brother, an engineer, works abroad.
A grieving mother of Captain Tushar Mahajan with other members of the family. ANI
Selected for National Defence Academy training in 2010, Captain Mahajan had joined the Indian Army against the wishes of his parents.
Father of Captain Tushar Mahajan saluting the tricolour wrapped coffin of his son. ANI
His neighbours said that Captain Mahajan was always eager to fight terrorists. He had rejoined his brothers-in-arms in the Valley only 10 days ago. The martyred Captain was an expert in judo and karate. In his condolence message Union Minister and Member of Parliament Dr Jitendra Singh said, “Even though there can be no befitting words of reverence for the martyrdom of Udhampur braveheart Cap Tushar Mahajan, the people of India, particularly of Udhampur, will cherish the memory of his supreme sacrifice for generations to come and take pride in narrating the story of his bravery to their children.”
Lance Naik Om Prakash of 9 Para was the second soldier from the elite battalion to be martyred. The soldier had been honoured with the ‘Asadharan Suraksha Seva Praman Patra’ by Prime Minister on Independence Day in 2013.
Lance Naik Om Prakash. ANI
“Later in the day, during operations to flush out the terrorists, Lance Naik Om Prakash whose team had closed in on the hiding terrorists, was also injured and later succumbed,” Army said in a statement. A native of Shimla, Lance Naik Prakash is survived by his parents, wife and two daughters aged 7 and 3 years. Security forces are fighting terrorists at the J&K Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDL) for the last 24 hours. One civilian was killed by terrorists. Around 100 people have been rescued from the building but some are still trapped inside. The security forces say that they are fighting around 2-4 terrorists, but are not sure of the exact number. Governor N.N. Vohra has condoled the deaths of the five soldiers and the civilian Abdul Gani Mir, a gardener. The EDL building is barely 10 km from the Army’s headquarters in Badamibagh.