Soldier back home after 48 years


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Jul 31, 2009
1962 war hero's body identified after 48 years

TINSUKIA/ITANAGAR: The Army on Thursday identified the skull and bones of a jawan found in Arunachal Pradesh recently to be that of Sepoy Karam Chand of the 4 Dogra Regiment.

Arunachal government officials said labourers engaged in the restoration of Hayuliang-Walong road unearthed a disc badge, a silver ring and a rusted .303 ammunition on July 1. The disc badge bearing PIS No 3950976 belonged to the jawan. This was confirmed after verification with the martyrs' list of the 1962 India-China war.

The Army, in a statement, said Karam Chand was one of the unsung heroes missing since November 1962 after the Battle of Walong. A Border Road Task Force party, while clearing a landslide area, recovered two identity discs belonging to the soldier near Walong in Arunachal, said the Army. Sikh Regiment personnel recovered Chand's mortal remains along with personal belongings on July 5, after four days of digging in the landslide area under inclement weather conditions.

The mortal remains — along with identity discs of the soldier, a silver ring, a dilapidated cover of Soldier's Pay Book and a fountain pen recovered from the site — were handed over to the 4 Dogra Regiment on Thursday by Sikh Regiment commanding officer with military honours at the Hut of Remembrance at Walong.

The Army said, "The 48-year-long sleep and sojourn of Sepoy Karam Chand on the banks of the Lohit river ended on July 9, as his remains started from Walong for the place where the ashes of his fathers and the temples of his Gods are located. With the last rites of the soldier to be performed later at his native place Gogar, Palampur in Himachal Pradesh, his soul will finally rest in peace."

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