The night of June 12, 1999 witnessed the killing of a lance naik who was in the 2nd Battalion of Rajputana Rifles. He was the father of Hitesh Kumar. The lance naik was killed at Tololing, in Kargil. Kumar saw the death of his father when he was just six years old and at that time, he swore that after grown up, he would join the Indian Army.
19 years passed and now the little boy who swore to join the Army has completed his swear. Hitesh Kumar has been commissioned as a lieutenant in the Indian Army. He passed out from the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun.
Kumar joined the Army like his father and moreover, he has been commissioned in the same battalion as his father. Hitesh being a proud son, after the passing out parade paid tribute to his deceased father. He paid tribute to Bachan Singh, at his memorial in the Civil Lines area of Muzaffarnagar. Kumar said, “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.”
Hitesh’s mother, Kamesh Bala at the memorial to the Kargil martyr said, “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.”
Rishipal Singh, who was in Bachan’s battalion said, “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.”
The 2nd Battalion of Rajputana Rifles in which Kumar commissioned won Tololing which was the very first success in Kargil. Tololing continued for three weeks and reported over 100 casualties. In the final assault, two JCOs, 17 Jawans, and four officers got killed. And seventy jawans were wounded.
The battalion’s second in command was among those killed, the most senior officer killed in Kargil. One of the killed in the battalion’s second command was the most senior officer of Kargil.