The body of Major Amit Deswal, killed in an anti-terrorist operation in Tamenglong district of Manipur on Wednesday, was flown back home on Friday.
Delhi: Wreath laying ceremony of Major Amit Deswal underway, martyred while battling militants in Manipurhttps://t.co/FWFP8AGgH2
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) April 15, 2016
Army Chief Dalbir Singh pays tribute to Major Amit Deswal who was killed in encounter with ZUF militants in Manipur. pic.twitter.com/DCJva0BaRW
— ANI (@ANI_news) April 15, 2016
His family is in a shock. His wife Neeta in inconsolable, while his three-year-old son Arjun is perhaps not even fully realizing that his brave father has left him never to return.
Yesterday, during his wreath laying ceremony in Imphal, his father’s condition had become such that other fellow officers had to try and console him.
WATCH: Major Amit Deswal’s father breaks down as he meets one of Maj Deswal’s colleagues at wreath laying ceremonyhttps://t.co/HoWCOLR2Nn
— ANI (@ANI_news) April 14, 2016
Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh paying floral tribute to martyr Army Major Amit Deswal at Imphal today. pic.twitter.com/SX2SSuirgj
— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) April 14, 2016
That Major Deswal’s father, Rishi Ram, is himself a retired Subedar Major of the army tells a lot about the shock the martyred soldier’s family has received.
Rishi Ram was there in Imphal to stay by his son and teach his grandson how to swim. He must never have imagined the pain he will have to bear.
Major Deswal hailed from Jhajjar district in Haryana.
He was a soldier in the 21 Para Special Forces, the same battalion that took part in the daring raid on militant camps inside Myanmar in 2015.
He is also the fourth para commando soldier to die in the last three months.
Born on January 15, 1985, Deswal was commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery on June 10, 2006.
He proved himself as a distinguished officer. He had stood second in the Combined Defence Services exams that gained him an entry to the army.
The day he joined the Army.
The day he was bid farewell.
RIP Major Amit Deswal. pic.twitter.com/GKWQzX9lcY
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) April 14, 2016
He had earned the badge of Commando-Dagger during a Ghatak training exercise. Such was his prowess that Major Deswal’s seniors called him the “flying machine”.
The officer was sent to Manipur only in January this year. In February, he had visited his home to attend the wedding of his younger brother.
Just three days ago, he had told his mother and wife that he will back home shortly. He did, but wrapped in the tricolour.