COAS Dalbir Singh paid Homage to Great Contribution of Sepoy Vijay Kumar
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 22-Mar-2016

New Delhi, March 22: The mortal remains of Sepoy Vijay Kumar who was washed away by an avalanche on March 17 in Kargil Sector serving at the boundaries of the nation has brought back today to National Capital New Delhi. Hailing from Tirunelvelli District of Tamil Nadu, Sepoy Vijay Kumar is survived by his parents and two younger sisters.”

Homage Paid to Sepoy Vijay Kumar at Leh

Today morning Homage paid to Sepoy Vijay Kumar at Leh before taking his mortal remains back to his native place. In national capital New Delhi, thewarth laying ceremony of Sepoy Vijay Kumar was held where Gen Dalbir Singh, COAS (Chief of Army Staff) paid solemn homage to the Sepoy.

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Director of JKSC Ashutosh Bhattnagar says Soldiers and officers are dying fighting terrorists and nature in Jammu & Kashmir. He said they are the real heroes of nation by quoting point number 39 of bail order of Kanhiya Kumar which clearly states that, “It has to be kept in mind by all concerned that they are enjoying this freedom only because our borders are guarded by our armed and paramilitary forces. Our forces are protecting our frontiers in the most difficult terrain in the world.” And point 41 states, “Suffice it to note that such persons enjoy the freedom to raise such slogans in the comfort of University Campus but without realising that they are in this safe environment because our forces are there at the battle fieldsituated at the highest altitude of the world where even the oxygen is so scarce that those who are shouting anti-national slogans holding posters of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhatt close to their chest honoring their martyrdom, may not be even able to withstand those conditions for an hour even.”

On the fateful night of March 17, Sepoy Vijay Kumar and another colleague Sepoy Sujit were on surveillance duty on the heights of 17,500 feet in Kargil sector. Rescue operations were launched immediately and Sepoy Sujit was soon found. After three days of intensive search operations by Army the mortal remains of Sepoy Vijay Kumar discovered under 12 feet of snow.

Firm in his resolve, Vijaya enrolled himself into the Madras Regiment at a young age of twenty one years and joined the Battalion on 06 September 2015, got field assignment in Kargil Sector. Last month also 10 soldiers were killed when an avalanche hit an Army camp in northern part of Siachen Glacier.