“No Sir” was the immediate reply of Colonel Manpreet Singh when he was provided a peace posting upon his promotion in 2021. As a substitute, he volunteered to remain and command the 19 Rashtriya Rifles, a battalion credited with main kills of terrorists together with Hizbul Mujahideen poster boy Burhan Wani.
Col Singh, who’s survived by his spouse, a six-year-old son and a two-year-old daughter, was a fight veteran and was awarded Sena Medal throughout his tenure as second-in-command of the 19 Rashtriya Rifles, a battalion tasked with guaranteeing safety in South Anantnag, Kokernag and Verinag Achabal together with its greater reaches, which have been extremely infested with terrorists particularly overseas mercenaries up to now.
Col Singh who was in his early 40s, together with Main Aashish Dhonchak, Deputy Superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir Police Humayun Bhat and one soldier, was killed in an encounter with terrorists on Wednesday within the greater reaches of Kokernag. One soldier continues to be lacking.
Main Dhonchak, 34, who had a detailed brush with loss of life solely a month in the past, is remembered as an enthusiastic officer who used to enter the nitty gritty of each operation.
After his promotion in 2021 as a Colonel, Singh was given a option to go for peace space posting.
“No Sir, I want to be posted in my 19 RR (Rashtriya Rifles) and be with my very own males,” was his immediate response, politely rejecting the provide that had been made to him.
Col Singh all the time wished to steer from the entrance and the rationale usually given by him was “I’ve to make sure that each one beneath my command is secure.” A sports activities fanatic, Col Singh all the time believed in uplift of youth and engaged them in sports activities actions.
‘Chinar Cricket event’ for ladies and volleyball occasions had been fairly frequent in in any other case restive areas of Larkipora, the place the formation’s headquarters was positioned.
Many sports activities lovers within the space mentioned they may not imagine that Col Singh was no extra.
A lot of them mentioned the officer was all the time out there for teens and had inspired them to construct a complete society.
“He believed that sports activities performed an essential function in constructing a society…There have been many drug addicts whom he despatched for rehabilitation,” mentioned girl cricketer Rubbiya Sayeed.
On August 10, Main Dhonchak and his workforce had been collaborating in a cordon and search operation within the Athlan Gadole space of Kokernag when terrorists threw a grenade injuring three folks together with a soldier.
“This time he ran out of luck…,” remembers one of many officers recognized to the fallen soldier.
Main Dhonchak was awarded with Sena Medal solely final month on the eve of Independence Day.
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