Two years after officer killed in anti-terror operation, wife joins Army

Two years after her husband, Main Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal, was killed in the road of obligation whereas battling terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, Nitika Kaul was Saturday commissioned in the Army Ordnance Corps as a Lieutenant on the Officers Coaching Academy (OTA), Chennai.

In February 2009, barely 10 months after their marriage, Main Dhoundiyal was killed throughout an encounter with terrorists in Pulwama. Commissioned in the Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering, he was serving with 55 Rashtriya Rifles on the time of the encounter, and was posthumously embellished with the Shaurya Chakra for his act of braveness.

On the time of her husband’s demise, Kaul had been working with a multinational company in New Delhi.

Roughly six months after her husband’s demise, she determined to affix the OTA and utilized for the twenty fifth Brief Service Fee Course (Technical). After clearing the interviews, she joined the academy in June 2020.

Main Dhoundiyal too had handed out from OTA, Chennai.

On Saturday, Kaul was amongst 198 cadets of OTA commissioned into the Army. The Normal Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, Lt Gen Y Ok Joshi, ‘pipped’ Lt Kaul by placing the badges of ranks on her shoulders on the passing out parade.

Chatting with the mediapersons after the passing-out parade, an emotional Lt Kaul mentioned that she may sense the presence of her husband together with her throughout her coaching interval.

“I really feel that I’m travelling the identical journey that he did. I imagine he’s all the time going to be a part of my life. Even at the moment, he’s someplace round me taking a look at me and I can really feel that he’s simply holding me and saying you simply did it. I like you, Vibhu,” she mentioned.

Speaking about her coaching expertise in the academy, Lt Kaul mentioned she has learnt loads throughout her coaching on the OTA.

“I need to thank everybody who had religion in me. My mother-in-law and my mom who’ve been a part of my journey. I might similar to to say that the best way you may have stored religion in me has made my journey simpler,” she mentioned.

The quotation of the Shaurya Chakra awarded to Main Dhoundiyal states that on February 17, 2019, he was a part of an operation launched to neutralise a bunch of terrorists in a Kashmir village.

“Throughout search, officer was fired upon by a terrorist hiding in a cow shed ensuing in a number of gunshot accidents to him. Regardless of being severely injured the officer maintained his tactical composure and retaliated terrorists’ hearth,” it says.

The operation resulted in the killing of the international terrorist who was concerned in the Pulwama terror assault. Nonetheless, Main Dhoundiyal succumbed to his accidents.

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