They lead by example, they love by their choice and they kill by their profession. While Indians were busy celebrating New Year, several families lost their young sons. In a pre-dawn attack on January 2, 2016, a group of heavily armed terrorists launched an attack on the airbase station of Pathankot which resulted in a ferocious gun battle where seven of our defense army personnel achieved martyrdom.
The Defense Security Corps were entrusted with the task to neutralize and counter the terrorist before the arrival of the National Security Guards. The Defense Security Corps lost three of their brave soldiers, Sanjeevan Singh being one of them. Singh was killed on the first day of the attack. Sanjeevan Singh was present at the base where the assault was initially mounted. The martyr took five bullets in his chest when he was trying to eliminate and mobilize the terrorists. Unfortunately, he died on the spot. Sanjeevan Singh was the sole bread earner of his family and is survived by his wife, one son and two daughters. The supreme valour with which Singh fought has etched his name in the wall of fame of the Defense Security Corps.
With utmost bravery and courage, Sepoy Mohit Chand fought with the terrorists. Sepoy Mohit Chand was present at the airbase and died fighting the terrorists during the combing up operations. Sepoy Mohit was a young and dynamic soldier. Since his childhood, he wanted to serve as a soldier in the defense forces. Sepoy Mohit Chand was seriously wounded and succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. His grit and indomitable courage has just left behind memories for his family to remember.
Another personnel of the Defense Security Corp, Lance Naik Phoolwant Singh died during the night where he succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. Lance Naik Phoolwant Singh was from the Gurudaspur district of Punjab. Trying to eliminate the terrorists, Phoolwant was shot with several bullets and was critically wounded. Finally, he succumbed to his injuries on January 3, 2016. His passion, to serve the country, ended up with his body wrapped with the tri-colour. Phoolwant achieved his dream death.
Our nation mourns the death of our soldiers and the terrorist attack in Pathankot. As citizens of this country, the foremost duty is to pay huge respect and tribute to the fallen heroes of the Pathankot airbase attack. Sepoy Mohit Chand and Lance Naik Phoolwant Singh shall always be remembered as heroes of their respective wings of the Defense Security Corps. The militants wanted to destroy the aircrafts and other defense equipment but were neutralized by the DSC, NSG and the Garud Commandos of the Indian Air Force.
Our nation and countrymen are extremely proud of the supreme sacrifices by our Indian soldiers. Sepoy Mohit Chand, Lance Naik Phoolwant Singh and Sepoy Sanjeevan Singh disregarded their personal security to protect their motherland from the terrorists. They left no stone unturned to fight till their last breath. Their valiant display of undeterred courage and bravery shall motivate several young guns of our nation to serve our country. The heroic acts of our soldiers have inspired all our countrymen and instilled a sense of patriotism amongst all.