Riyaz Ul Khaliq
KL NEWS NETWORK
At a time when more than 100 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel from Jammu & Kashmir are joining the war against Maoists in Jharkhand this month, six dead bodies of the eighteen army men killed in Manipur have been flown to J&K. The six slain army men belonged to Jammu and Kashmir.
One among the killed was the newly-wed Vijay Kumar of 6 Dogra Regiment of Indian Army, killed in Manipur on Thursday after their vehicle was ambushed by militants. The family as well as the entire village of Serh in Khour of sub division Akhnoor is in deep shock.
Another army man killed in the ambush, Satpal Bhasin of village Muthi of Jammu was the Sepoy of 6 Dogra Regiment. He had joined the Army about 18 years back and he is survived by his parents, wife and two children including a daughter and a son.
Havaldar Sunil Kumar Sharma was another slain army man hailing from village Phal in Sunderbani. Sunil is survived by his wife Ritu and two sons Amit and Sumit.
Naib Subedar Ram Singh of village Nandpur Tehsil Ramgarh is another slain army personnel. He is survived by his parents, wife and two children. He joined the 6 Dogras in 2005 and was presently posted in Manipur.
Kuldeep Raj of village Burn in Gharota area of Jammu district and Havaldar Randeep Singh of village Bomal in Akhnoor Tehsil of Jammu district are the other two brave Dogra army men who laid down their lives hundreds of miles away from their native villages.
But the killings haven’t deterred more than 100 CRPF personnel from the state to join the war against Maoists in Jharkhand this month. “These jawans will play an important role in anti-Maoist operations,” CRPF IG (Jharkhand sector) Rakesh Kumar Mishra said. “They have almost completed the acclimatization process and are very enthusiastic about their role in Jharkhand.”
Besides CRPF personnel from J-K, some 50 men from the North-East and 50 from different parts of India are taking part in the war. “Having served in Kashmir, they have handled the tasks considered among the toughest in the field,” a CRPF official said. “They have been specially trained in saving themselves from mosquitoes and snakes. The hot weather does not suit some, however, because they are forces they can survive anywhere.”