It was June 7 in the year 2015 when LANCE NAIK SUDHEESH.B 19 MADRAS left his six months pregnant wife and joined his fellow troops who were deployed at the world’s highest battlefield in Siachen Glacier. Three months later on September 30, 2015, his wife Ms Salu Sudheesh gave birth to a beautiful girl child named Meenakshi.
Like any other father Sudheesh too was very keen and eager to see his daughter and was anxiously waiting for his next leave while serving at world’s highest battlefield. But destination has something else in store. On February 3, 2016 an avalanche struck post held by 19 MADRAS in Siachen in which 10 soldiers attained martyrdom and Lance Naik Sudheesh was one among martyred soldiers.
Born to Smt Pushhavally and Sh Brahmaputhran in village Mundro Island of Kollam district in Kerala was the only child of his parents. In March 2002 he joined Indian Army and married Ms Salu Sudheesh on September 8, 2013. At the time of martyrdom his daughter was only four months only and unfortunately he could never see his daughter.
Wherever LANCE NAIK SUDHEESH.B will be now, but he will be happy and satisfied to see his parents, wife and daughter all staying together in his native village.
Siachen is the world’s highest active battlefield, contested by India and Pakistan since 1984 when India launched Operation Meghdoot. In April 1984, the Indian Army moved in to pre-empt a move by the Pakistan Army to occupy the glacier. Indian Army currently occupies the full Siachen glacier, while Pakistani forces are deployed at the lower heights of Saltoro ridge.
Since the start of Operation Meghdoot, India has lost 33 officers, 54 JCOs and 782 jawans due to climatic conditions, and environmental and other factors at Siachen.
The pride with which we all boost the ownership of world’s highest battle field, the price for it is paid by the family members of these fallen warriors – mostly unsung !!
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