India Lost A Hero In Kargil War, 19 Years Later His Son Joins The Same Battalion To Protect Us

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On June 12 1999, India lost a brave soldier in the Kargil War and Hitesh Kumar lost his father. Hitesh was only 6 years old, when he came to know about his father, Bachan Singh’s death. After his father’s demise, at an age when most kids are busy playing with toys, the 6-year-old kid decided to follow his father’s footsteps and started working towards joining the Indian Army to serve the country.
19 years later, Hitesh is now commissioned as a lieutenant in the Indian Army. In fact, he not only joined the Indian Army, he will also be serving the same battalion his father was once a part of.
Bachan Singh was a lance naik in the 2nd Battalion of Rajputana Rifles, who was shot in the head at Tololing during the Kargil War.
On Saturday, now 25 years old, Hitesh graduated from the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun. He even paid tribute to his father at his memorial at Civil Lines in Muzaffarnagar. “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 told The Times Of India.
With tears and pride in her eyes, Kamesh Bala, Hitesh’s mother said at the memorial “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 served in the same battalion as Bachan Singh, 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.”

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