Darjeeling: A pall of gloom descended upon Darjeeling as the news of the death of Rifleman Jiwan Gurung reached the Himalayan town on Friday. Hailing from the picturesque village of Lamhatta, Gurung belonged to the 2/1 Gorkha Regiment and was killed in an IED explosion near the Line of Control (LoC) at Nowshera sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district.
The 24-year-old jawan was enrolled in the Army only last year.
In another incident of an IED explosion along the LOC, Major Shashi Dharan V Nair also lost his life on Friday.
As per the information provided by the defence spokesperson, two incidents of IED explosions took place on Friday near the Roopmati forward post in Pukkharni area, one at 4.30 pm and another around 6 pm. Both the IEDs were suspected to have been planted by militants from across the LoC.
Gurung, the youngest among three siblings, was reportedly an active social worker and admired by everyone in his village.
The mortal remains of both the martyrs were flown to their respective home towns of Pune and Darjeeling for their last rites in a service aircraft.
The General Officer Commanding of Ace of Spades Division Maj Gen H Dharmarajan at Rajouri and Inspector General of Police Jammu, M K Sinha and other senior officers at technical airport paid their tributes to the fallen soldiers in Jammu.
Kishan, the father of the young rifleman, said, “Though I feel sad about the sudden demise of my son’s death, I also feel proud as he laid down his life for the nation.”
State tourism minister Gautam Deb, who had reached the Baghdogra airport along with other army officres to pay tributes to the fallen soldier, said, “I am shocked about the sudden demise of the brave Gorkha soldier, I was called by the chief minister to be present here so I paid homage on behalf of chief minister. I want the cross border terrorism should end and peace may prevail in border.”
Gurung’s mortal remains was sent to his residence at Singretam, Lower Lamahatta in Darjeeling by escorts of West Bengal police and Indian Army.
Meanwhile, his last rituals are to be performed in Darjeeling on Monday.