A tribute to a Martyr, a son of soil: Lt Sushil Khajuria

Lieutenant Sushil Khajuria was born on August 28, 1985 at Samba in Jammu and Kashmir. After completing his studies in Jammu, he got commissioned into the Indian Army after passing out from Officer’s Training Academy in Chennai in 2010. He was attached with 18 Grenadiers and as Ghatak platoon commander he conducted several counter-terrorist operations in J&K. In an encounter on 28 September 2011, he lost his life in a gun battle in Kupwara district against the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba terrorists, which lasted for more than 48 hours. He managed to kill three terrorists and died while saving the life of his colleague.

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He was awarded with Kirti chakra posthumously. In his memory and honor a memorial park is made at his native village Sangwali in Samba. A tournament of volley-ball in his name is organized every year at his native village. A link road connecting to NH1 is also named after him.

Lt Khajuria’s brother is also in the army

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Major reactions:

1. Sushil’s friend Vikas Hans has posted: “One day when a bullet gets stuck in my heart and I lay down my life for my country, pin my medals on my chest and say to my mom that her son was a brave man. These words were written by my friend Sushil on a simple page of my copy nearly six years ago. Who knew he gonna prove this. I am proud to be your friend. I love you my brother. Missing u.”

2. While briefing the media about the battle that lasted for more than 48 hours, the officials said that they killed five terrorists in close battle. In the search operation Havaldar Ravi Kumar was hit and Lt. Sushil volunteered to evacuate Ravi Kumar but he couldn’t make it himself. He couldn’t make it there but he did make it to the heart of India by his supreme sacrifice, to the list of men we are proud of, to the list of men who faced bullets for our safety, to the list of men nation is thankful to and ultimately to the league of Capt. Vikram Batra, Capt. Manoj Kumar Pandey, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan….. exceptional, brave, immortalized sons of India. Salute to Lt. Sushil Khajuria.

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