Peace to each manly soul that sleepeth; Rest to each faithful eye that weepeth — Thomas Moore

The Indian Army Major Chitresh Bisht, who lost his life while defusing an IED planted by terrorists along the Line of Control in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, was going to tie the knot next month in Dehradun.

Major Bisht was leading a bomb disposal squad team for sanitisation after mines were detected in Naushera sector of Rajouri on Saturday. He defused one of the mines successfully but suffered grievous injuries while neutralising another. 

Bisht was rushed to a nearby hospital but he succumbed to his injuries. 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. He was 31.
Bisht’s mortal remains arrived at Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun on Sunday. Major Bisht is survived by his parents.

Bisht was to return home next month for his marriage ceremony in Dehradun on March 7. His father who is also a retired police officer was engaged with his son’s marriage preparations when he received the bad news.

Speaking to media, the inconsolable father said, “He was our younger son. We used to speak almost every day over the phone but today we couldn’t speak and this incident happened. He was about to get married next month.”

Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat took to Twitter to pay tribute to Bisht and extend condolences to his family.

The news of Bisht’s death comes just two days after the Pulwama massacre, where a Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist killed at least 40 Central Police Reserve Force jawans.