Uttarakhand mourns death of five soldiers in Kathua terror attack

All five soldiers killed by heavily-armed terrorists in Jammu’s Kathua district were with Uttarakhand’s Garhwal Rifles regiment

Updated - July 09, 2024 10:04 pm IST

Published - July 09, 2024 09:56 pm IST - New Delhi

Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami pays last respects to the mortal remains of the five soldiers of State who lost their lives in the Kathua terrorist attack, at Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun on July 9, 2024.

Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami pays last respects to the mortal remains of the five soldiers of State who lost their lives in the Kathua terrorist attack, at Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun on July 9, 2024. | Photo Credit: ANI

When Bharat Singh and Sumitra Devi, parents of 26-year-old Rifleman Anuj Negi, heard of his demise in the Kathua terror attack that took place late on Monday night, the first thing they did was switch off the television and ensure his wife Seema (23) was not told of his death. Seema and Anuj were married in November last year and she had hardly spent a couple of months with her husband, who returns home draped in a Tricolour. 

Negi was one among the five soldiers killed when a group of heavily-armed terrorists ambushed a patrolling party in the Badnota area in Jammu’s Kathua district on July 8. All five soldiers were with Uttarakhand’s Garhwal Rifles regiment.

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Speaking to The Hindu, Negi’s father said that he had been told the body of his son would be sent to Kotdwar by Tuesday night, and would reach his village, Dabriya in Pauri Garhwal, on Wednesday morning. Mr. Singh works as daily wager with the Forest Department; his wife is a homemaker.

The Indian Army and Western Command posted this picture saluting the supreme sacrifice of the five soldiers identified as Naib Subedar Anand Singh Rawat, Havaldar Kamal Singh, Naik Vinod Singh and Riflemen Anuj Negi and Adarsh Negi, who lost their lives in the terrorist attack, in Kathua.

The Indian Army and Western Command posted this picture saluting the supreme sacrifice of the five soldiers identified as Naib Subedar Anand Singh Rawat, Havaldar Kamal Singh, Naik Vinod Singh and Riflemen Anuj Negi and Adarsh Negi, who lost their lives in the terrorist attack, in Kathua. | Photo Credit: ANI

“He was my only son and too young to die,” Mr. Singh said, trying to control his tears, adding that his daughter-in-law’s loss was far greater.

Grief pervades the house of Havaldar Kamal Singh from Papri village in Pauri Garhwal. He is survived by his elderly mother mother Sumita Devi, wife Rajni, and two daughters, ages three and five, all of whom are inconsolable.

Rifleman Adarsh Negi, 26, from Thati Dagar village in Tehri Garhwal district also lost his life in the attack. The youngest son of a farmer, Dalbir Singh Negi, his kin said Adarsh Negi always wanted to become an Army man and serve the country.

The late Naik Vinod Singh, 33, from New Tehri, joined the Army in 2011. He had visited his home in May this year to meet his four-month-old daughter. He is survived by his parents, wife, and two children.

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The sudden demise in Kathua of Naib Subedar Anand Singh Rawat, 41, has triggered a wave of mourning in his native village in Rudraprayag.

“Five brave soldiers of Uttarakhand attained martyrdom during the cowardly terrorist attack in Kathua. This is a moment of great pain for all of us residents of the State because we have lost a brother and a son. All I can say is that their supreme sacrifice for the nation will not go in vain. The terrorists guilty of this cowardly attack will not be spared at any cost and those who shelter them will also have to face the consequences,” Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, who received the bodies at the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, said on Tuesday evening.

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