INDIA: Major Sankalp Yadav and Lance Havildar Chandrasekhar Rupchand Bhonde, who made the ultimate sacrifice while on duty on Thursday, were honoured by the Indian Army on Friday.
On behalf of the nation, Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi, GOC-in-C Northern Command, and all ranks paid homage to the gallant soldiers at Badami Bagh Cantonment in Srinagar, Kashmir.
Maj Sankalp Yadav (29) died when an Army Cheetah helicopter crashed in the Baraub area of Gurez in Bandipora district, while on a routine mission to evacuate an ailing soldier from a forward post on Thursday afternoon. He was commissioned in the Indian Army in 2015. He belonged to Civil Lines, Jaipur, Rajasthan, and is survived by his father.
Lance Havildar Sandip alias Chandrasekhar Rupchand Bhonde (34) was on a Quick Reaction Team (QRT) duty, when the vehicle he was travelling in, met with an accident near Kalaroos in Kupwara district. He fell out of the vehicle and rolled down into a 12 mtr deep valley. Immediate rescue operations were launched and he was evacuated to a military hospital but succumbed to his injuries. He had resumed duties on March 05 after 75 days’ leave.
He had joined the 21 Mahar regiment of the Indian Army in 2008. He belonged to Village Dongar Gaon, District Bhandara in Maharashtra, and was residing at New Officers’ Colony, Bhandara. He is survived by his wife Kiran, a five-year-old son Paras, mother, father, brother, and a sister.
The mortal remains of Maj Yadav and Lance Havildar Bhonde will be taken for last rites to their respective native places, where they would be laid to rest with full military honors. In this hour of grief, the Army stands in solidarity with the bereaved families and remains committed to their dignity and well-being, an official statement said.