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Floral tributes paid to officer killed in mine explosion along LoC

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Jammu, Feb 17:  The Army Saturday paid rich tributes to Maj Chitresh Singh Bisht, who was killed in a mine explosion along the Line of Control in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, a defence spokesman said.

Separate wreath laying ceremonies were held for Major Bisht at Rajouri and Jammu, where senior officers joined other ranks to pay floral tributes to him, the spokesman said.

Major Bisht was leading a bomb disposal squad team for sanitisation when mines were detected on the track in Naushera sector of Rajouri on Saturday. He defused one of the mines successfully but suffered grievous injuries while neutralizing another, thus attaining martyrdom.

Maj Bisht (31), who hailed from Dehradun in Uttarakhand, is survived by his parents.

Deputy GOC of Tiger divsion, Brigaider T K Chopra, BGS (Int) White Knight Corps  Brigadier D P Singh, group captain Air Force station Jammu G S Tung and others laid the wreaths at the coffin containing mortal remains of the officer at Jammu, the spokesman said.

Later, the mortal remains of the officer were transported in a service aircraft from Jammu to Dehradun.

The Major was to tie the knot next month

Dehradun, Feb 17:  Major Chitresh Bisht, who was killed while defusing a landmine along the LoC in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, was all set to get married next month

As the news of Major Bisht's martyrdom spread here on Saturday night, scores of relatives and acquaintances visited his house in Nehru Colony to express condolences with his parents.

Major Bisht's marriage had been finalised and he was to come home on February 28, sourced close to the family said.

The wedding was due on March 7.

Major Bisht's father SS Bisht is a retired policeman and his mother a housewife. The family hails from Ranikhet in Almora district.

In a tweet, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said, "I salute the supreme sacrifice made by Major Bisht in the service of the nation and send my heartfelt condolences to the martyr's family. The entire country stands with them in this hour of grief."

Uttarakhand Governor Baby Rani Maurya and former chief minister Harish Rawat have also condoled the death of Major Bisht.

Pradesh BJP President Ajay Bhatt and party MLAs Vinod Chamoli and Umesh Sharma Kau were among those who visited the house of the officer.

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