- Major Satish Dahiya died in encounter with terrorists in Handwara
- Would've celebrated 3rd anniversary with wife Sujata, 27, on Friday
- News of his death reached hours before gifts, hundreds attended funeral
The body of the 31-year-old Army Major, who died on Tuesday, was brought back to his village today. His two year old daughter Priyasha lit the funeral pyre with her uncles.
They would've celebrated three years of marriage tomorrow and Sujata Dahiya, 27, held the gifts her husband sent close as she told NDTV, "It reached me after he died. He left a greeting for me which read, 'I love you Poocha, you are my inspiration', Satish." The parcel arrived a few hours after the news of death did.
Fighting back tears Sujata Dahiya said she is immensely proud of her husband.
Rajesh Dahiya, the Major's cousin, broke down repeatedly as he described him as an intelligent and courageous man. He would say, said Rajesh, "'Main bohut geedar ko maarta hoon vahaan (I kill many jackals there...) When I am back people will say that I am your brother with immense pride.' I am proud of my brother, proud of his martyrdom."
On Twitter too tributes poured:
I salute Major Satish Dahiya who laid down his life while fighting militants in J&K. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.- Manohar Lal (@mlkhattar) February 15, 2017
On Tuesday, there were two encounters in Kashmir's Handwara and Bandipora barely 12 hours apart. Three other soldiers, Rifleman Ravi Kumar, Paratrooper Dharmender Kumar and Gunner Astosh Kumar, also lost their lives. Altogether, four terrorists had died in these encounters.
RIP Maj SatishDahiya & 3 of our jawans who laid down their lives in J&K yday fighting terrorists.Humble tributes & Condolences to the family pic.twitter.com/j9ZrhAWEIG- Deepender S Hooda (@DeependerSHooda) February 15, 2017
Major Dahiya led the operation in Handwara which eventually led to the death of three terrorists holed up in a residential house.