Two Himachal soldiers were among the seven bravehearts, who laid down their lives fighting the Pakistani terrorists in Pathankot on Saturday. Another Indian Air Force (IAF) jawan from the state was injured.
Havildar in the Defence Security Corps (DSC) Sanjeevan Singh Rana, 50, of Siyunh village in Shahpur of Kangra district, died after he was injured critically.
Sanjeevan had retired from the Dogra Regiment in 2007 and joined the DSC. He was transferred to the Pathankot air base from Jammu two years ago. The DSC is a specialised unit that provides security at the defence ministry sites. Sanjeevan is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.
Another casualty was Havildar Jagdish Chand (48), hailing from Gola village of Sihunta teshil in Chamba district. Jagdish also retired from the Dogra regiment in 2009 and joined the DSC and was transferred from Leh to Pathankot a few months ago.
He had come to his village on a 10-day leave and returned to join duty only a day before the attack.
The martyr is survived by his wife a son and two daughters.
Bodies of the two martyrs would be brought to their native villages on Monday.
The villagers rushed to the houses of the two martyrs as soon as the reports of their supreme sacrifice poured in and expressed sympathy with the bereaved families.
Deputy superintendent of police (DSP), Kangra, Hitesh Lakhanpal, and sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Shravan Manta also visited Sanjeevan’s family.
Meanwhile, Shahpur Congress leader and vice-president of Himachal Pradesh Forest Corporation Kewal Singh Pathania expressed grief over the death of two soldiers and assured all possible help from the state government to the families.
The injured Kishori Lal hails from Jaisinghpur area of Kangra district.