While the entire nation’s youngsters are busy fighting for reservations and fighting for ‘freedom of speech’ and a lot of such issues, two young Army officers laid down their lives fighting for the country. Injured on Friday while leading his team in the smoke-out operation against terrorists at Pampore, J&K, Captain Tushar Mahajan succumbed to his injuries on Monday.

His colleague, Captain Pawan Kumar (23) and another soldier Lance Naik Om Prakash, (32) also perished in the attack.

According to Captain Tushar Mahajan’s family, he wanted to be a part of the army right from childhood. Speaking at his funeral in Udhampur, his father, Dev Raj said, “He always wanted to join the army and at the age of 16 he got selected for NDA. We never objected to it as it was his childhood dream to serve the nation.”

“Though I have lost my son I am proud that he laid down his life for the nation, an honour which only a few can get,” he added and wished that his son’s death should not go waste and the politicians of the country should work to make “things right”.

Several senior army officers including the General Officer Commanding-in Chief (GOC-in-C) of the Northern Command, Lt Gen D S Hooda and others laid wreaths on the mortal remains of the captain.

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