Two Himachal bravehearts lay down lives fighting terrorists in Pathankot

Two Himachal soldiers were among the seven bravehearts, who laid down their lives fighting the Pakistani terrorists in Pathankot on Saturday. Sanjeevan was the sole earning member in his family.

A pall of gloom descended on Siyunh village, about 30 km from here, as the news about the martyrdom of Sanjeevan Singh Rana in the Pathankot air base attack reached his home today. Employed with the Defence Security Corps (DSC), Sanjeevan(51) was the sole earning member in his family. The family members of Rana, a Havaldar in the Defence Security Corps (DSC), were inconsolable.

Another casualty was Havildar Jagdish Chand (48), hailing from Gola village of Sihunta teshil in Chamba district. Jagdish also retired from the Dogra regiment in 2009 and joined the DSC and was transferred from Leh to Pathankot a few months ago.

Villagers gathered at the house Sanjeevan Rana to share the grief of the family. He had received five bullet injuries in the chest and later died. His body would be brought to the village tomorrow.

Sanjeevan is survived by his wife, two daughters – Komal, a Class XII student and Shivani, pursuing BCA – and a son, Shubham, who is doing a B Pharma course. He has five sisters and his parents are no more.

He suffered five bullet injuries in the chest and succumbed to his injuries later.

The body of Sanjeevan Rana would be brought to his native village tomorrow. Rana is survived by his wife Pinki Devi, two daughters and a son.

Serving in the Army had been a tradition with Rana’s family as his father Rattan Rana was also an Army man.

Sanjeevan Rana had retired from Dogra Regiment in 2009 and joined the DSC. He was transferred to the Pathankot air base from Jammu two years ago.

Kangra Deputy Superintendent of Police Hitesh Lakhanpal and Sub-Divisional Magistrate Shravan Manta also visited the martyr’s family.

Shahpur Congress leader and vice-president of Himachal Pradesh Forest Corporation Kewal Singh Pathania expressed grief over the death of two soldiers from the state and assured all possible help to the families from the state government.

The body of another martyred soldier, Jagdish Chand, who hailed from Chamba district, will be brought to his native village tomorrow.

Sources said Kishori Lal, an Indian Air Force (IAF) jawan, was injured in the attack. Kishori Lal belongs to the Jaisinghpur area of Kangra district.

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