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Parents thought Major was in Congo

His parents were planning the wedding of Major Dr Laishram Jyotin, the 39-year-old Army Medical Corps (AMC) doctor.

india Updated: Mar 01, 2010 01:31 IST
Sobhapati Samom

His parents were planning the wedding of Major Dr Laishram Jyotin, the 39-year-old Army Medical Corps (AMC) doctor. But that was not to be. Major Jyotin died while he was trying to save people from Taliban attackers in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, on Friday.

Major Jyotin, in Kabul to train doctors at the Indira Gandhi Hospital, was among the nine Indians killed in a bomb attack on Friday morning.

The news of his death came as a shock to his parents, who were under the impression that he was in Congo.

When Major Jyotin visited them last month at their native village of Nambol Awang Leikai in Bishnupur district, 22 km south of Imphal, he told them he would be going to Congo in Africa.

“My son went there to save peoples’ lives. What to do now, I am the loser?” his mother Ibeyaima told presspersons after the mortal remains of her loved one were brought to Tulihal airport here on Sunday.

Third among four siblings, Major Jyotin is an alumnus of the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences and joined the AMC after completing his MBBS course in February 2003.

The traditional last rites of the major were conducted at his village with full military honours. GOC 57 Mountain Division, Major-General D.S. Hooda, who laid a wreath on behalf of the armed forces, said, “His bravery in saving lives is an outstanding example to all of us.”

Now, Major Jyotin joins the ranks of bravehearts from the North-East such as Neikezhakuo Kenguruse and Keishing Clifford Nongrum who died in the Kargil war.