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Wife of soldier killed in Pulwama joins Army; Lt Gen Joshi puts stars on her shoulders

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Jammu: Nitika Kaul, wife of Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal, who was killed during an encounter with militants in Pulwama, on Saturday donned the Army uniform with commander of the Army’s northern command Lt Gen Y K Joshi piping stars on her shoulders at a ceremony held at the Officers Training Academy in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

The PRO Udhampur, Ministry of Defence shared the brief video on its official Twitter handle, drawing spontaneous praises for Kaul and the Army.

“#MajVibhutiShankarDhoundiyal, made the Supreme Sacrifice at #Pulwama in 2019, was awarded SC (P). Today his wife @Nitikakaul dons #IndianArmy uniform; paying him a befitting tribute. A proud moment for her as Lt Gen Y K Joshi, #ArmyCdrNC himself pips the Stars on her shoulders!,” the PRO Udhampur wrote on twitter.

Major Dhoundiyal was killed fighting militants in Pulwama and was awarded Shaurya Chakra (posthumously) for his sacrifice for the nation.

Director General Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) Lt Gen K J S Dhillon in a tweet congratulated Kaul on joining the Army.

“Congratulations @Nitikakaul. Remember Maj Vibhuti S Dhoundiyal making the supreme sacrifice for the Nation (using emoji thank you) More power to you Lt Nitika (emoji thumbs up)  Jai Hind,” the former corps commander of Srinagar-based 15 Corps said.

Meanwhile, netizens too lauded Kaul as well as the Army.

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