Oldest of three siblings, Rajesh Orang, joined the Army in 2015 but the soldier died of injuries suffered in a hand to hand combat with the Chinese army at Galwan Valley in Ladakh region, his father Subhas was informed. Also Read - Ladakh Standoff: India, China Disengage in Galwan; Here's How NSA Ajit Doval Managed Breakthrough | Top Developments
“My son served the country and gave his life for it,” was all Subhas could say on Wednesday morning as he grieved his son’s death. Rajesh’s mother Mamata was speechless. She was hoping to get him married when he came back on a holiday next. Also Read - 'Frank, in-Depth Exchange of Views': MEA on NSA Doval's Talks With Chinese Foreign Minister
Subhas said Rajesh, elder to two sisters, had joined the Army in 2015 after passing the higher secondary examination and belonged to the Bihar Regiment. Also Read - Disengagement Begins in Galwan: China Withdraws Troops by At Least 1-2 KM, Heavy Armoured Vehicles Still Present, Say Sources
He said that he was informed by the Army authorities on Tuesday evening about the death of Rajesh, who was in his early 20s.
“From his childhood, my brother wanted to serve the country and was happy to be in the Army,” his youngest sister Shakuntala said.
“He came home on leave a few months back and talks were on for his marriage,” she said.
Subhas, a marginal farmer in Belgoria village in Mohammedbazar police station area in Birbhum district, raised his children amid poverty.
Rajesh was among the 20 Indian Army personnel killed in the fierce clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley on Monday night, the biggest military confrontation in over five decades that has significantly escalated the already volatile border standoff in the region.