After 19 years of his father’s death, Hitesh Kumar, son of martyr Bachan Singh, who was a lance naik in the 2nd Battalion of Rajputana Rifles, joined the Indian Army.

On the unfortunate night of 12th June 1999, Bachan Singh was martyred at Tololing, in Kargil. Hitesh was only 6 years old back then. After listening to the heartbreaking news of his father’s death, little Hitesh vowed to serve the Indian Army as he would grow up.

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On the verge of 19 years, Hitest joined the Indian Army as a lieutenant after passing out from the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun.

“For 19 years, I dreamt of joining the Army. It became my mother’s dream too. Now I want to serve my country with pride and honesty,” said Hitesh to the TOI.

Hitesh paid tribute to his deceased father, Bachan Singh, at the latter’s memorial in the Civil Lines area of Muzaffarnagar after the passing out parade.

It has been a difficult life since Bachan was martyred. I dedicated my life to raising my two sons. Today I am proud that Hitesh was commissioned into the Army. His younger brother, Hemant, is also preparing to join the Army. There is nothing more I could ask for,” Hitesh’s overwhelmed mother Kamesh Bala was quoted saying by the TOI at the memorial to the Kargil martyr.

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As reported by the TOI, Rishipal Singh, who was in the same battalion as of martyr Bachan, said in the memory of Bachan Singh and appreciating his son’s courage, “Bachan was a brave soldier. When our battalion was attacked at Tololing, he was shot in the head and died on the battlefield. We lost 17 soldiers that day, including Maj Vivek Gupta from Dehradun. I am glad Bachan’s son has received his commission. His father would have been proud of him.”

Though the objective given in the 2nd battalion of Rajputana Rifles was achieved, the loss was more overpowering than the pleasure. Two JCOs and 17 other ranked dead; 70 wounded, of whom six had lost their limbs; and 20 so badly incapacitated that they could no longer serve their regiment for which they gave their all.

It is really brave of Hitesh to join the same battalion as his father. His love for the country and respect for his father is unparalleled. Kudos to this young lieutenant.

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