The merry beginning of the New Year shall also have a little recalling of the unfortunate start of year 2016 with the Pathankot Terror attack and all of our heroes who are not here to cherish 2018 so that we can. On 2 January 2016 began a dark brawl when a heavily armed group attacked Pathankot Air Force Station of the Indian Air Force which ended on 5 January after taking down 5th and last terrorist.
The seven Defence personnel who sacrificed their lives in Pathankot attack are the real heroes who deserve our respect and this a little tribute to the brave hearts.
1. Hawaldar Jagdish Chand — Defence Security Corps
Chand returned from a 10- day leave only a day before the attack. He was from Chamba district, Himachal Pradesh having a family with his wife, a son, and two daughters. He was transferred to Pathankot a few months ago. A cook at the base, Chand snatched a rifle from an attacker and killed him but could not sustain his gunshots.
2. Subedar Fateh Singh — Defence Security Corps
Subedar Fateh Singh belonged to the Defence Security Corps was famous for his skills in shooting. This 51-year old had won India gold and silver medals at the international level during the Commonwealth Games.
“He was a thorough gentlemen and great athlete. He worked as an active member of Indian shooting team. It is a very sad day for us. He sacrificed his life for the country. I condole his death,” National Rifle Association of India president Raninder Singh said.
3. Lt. Col. Niranjan — National Security Guard
This 35-year commando Lt. Col. Niranjan, born in Bangalore, was part of NSG’s Bomb Disposal Squad and was killed at the scene while defusing a grenade. Married three years before the incident in his village in Palakkad district, he is still memorialized by his wife Radhika and 4 year-old daughter.
4. Corporal Gursewak Singh — Garud Commando Force
Singh was married a month and 15 days ago from the day he was shot dead. He was from Ambala and his father Sucha Singh is a farmer who though deeply shocked by his death has still said that Singh was a bright young man and he is proud of his son who gave his life for the country.
5. Hawaldar Kulwant Singh — Defence Security Corps
Kulwant had joined the army at the age of 19 and retired in 2004 while joining DSC thereafter. He was posted in his home state Punjab for the first time. He is survived by his wife and two sons.
6. Hawaldar Sanjeevan Singh Rana — Defence Security Corps
Rana was shot dead with 5 bullets in his chest when terrorist entered the base. The 51-year old was from a small village Siyunh in Himachal Pradesh and was the only earning member of his family. His family consists of his wife Pinky Devi, two daughters and a son with his father Rattan Rana, who had also served in the army.
7. Hawaldar Mohit Chand
Hawaldar Mohit chand was attacked by the terrorists and passed away in the hospital.
Apart from the guardians in uniform, was another brave heart, taxi driver Ikagar Singh who was also killed when he drove past the terrorists to disrupt their plan. Chief Minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal said Ikagar was a national martyr and announced assistance of Rs 5 lakh for his family, a government job for Ikagar’s wife, and pension for his parents.