The Hush Post| 15:25pm |two-minute-read
Nikita was married to Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal for less than a year.
Sombre, she looked quietly inside the coffin bearing the handsome, smiling photo of her late husband, Major Dhoundiyal. The she blew him a kiss, and bent over to say,”I love you.”
— ANI (@ANI) February 19, 2019
An elderly man who stood beside Nikita Kaul reached behind his dark glasses probably wiping a tear.
It wasn’t easy to tell if he was crying. But what he had just seen Nikita do would have broken the strongest of men.
Thousands descended to their Dehradun home on Tuesday to pay their last respects to Major Dhoundiyal. He was martyred fighting terrorists in Pulwama.
Three other Army soldiers and a policemen died in the encounter, in which three terrorists were killed as well.
At a news conference in Srinagar, 15 Corps Commander KJS Dhillon said that during the encounter, the commanders had led the operation from the front.
Cries of “Shaheed Dhoundiyal Amar Rahein” and “Vande Mataram” were heard in Dehradun as Trivendra Singh Rawat, the chief minister of Uttarakhand, placed a wreath on Major VS Dhoundiyal’s coffin.
His body, draped in the tricolour, was brought home late on Monday night. His funeral will be conducted with full military honours in Haridwar later today.