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2 Jan, 27 tweets, 13 min read
Today marks 7 years since I saw this in the paper while having my morning coffee & tweeted it.
Thus began of one of my most precious threads, even though I managed to break the continuity a few times.
However, I'm breaking & restarting the thread again today.
The thread continuing unbroken becomes a bit too large for Twitter to handle, as has handled before when the longest unbroken phase was approx 2.5 years.
Thanks to The Indian Express & their free of cost 'Salute the Soldier', irrespective of space ..
.. it eats up on the newsprint, the stories and faces of a small percentage of the Nation's martyrs are chronicled. A lot will be repeated this year again, some won't be, and yet thousands will remain unsung & unwept.

Glad they lived amidst us.
Been a humbling journey indeed, commencing with this tweet below, chronicling their stories
I don't know how long I will be able to carry on, but God has been kind thus far. Let's hope it continues for as long as it can
God Bless them
Now coming to the story of the young officer whose obit triggered this thread - Lieutenant Triveni Singh, Ashok Chakra (Posthumous).
Lt Triveni hailed from Pathankot, his father too a retired army officer.
Young Triveni was a martial arts expert who had ..
.. won numerous awards at National level during his student days.
After graduation, he joined the Indian Military Academy & got commissioned into Fifth Battalion The Jammu And Kashmir Light Infantry in December 2001, just short of Operation Parakram.
His moment of glory would come soon thereafter, on the evening of 02 Jan 2004, when his unit was posted in Jammu.
He received a message that two heavily armed terrorists had attacked the Jammu Railway Station and was ordered to rush there with the unit's ..
.. Quick Reaction Team.
By the time he reached there, the Paakis had already killed seven innocent citizens.
Not wasting a moment, he deployed his men to cordon off the station and in a swift move, dispatched the first Paaki before he could realize that the ..
.. Indian Army was there.
The second terrorist was quickly sighted, firing at civilians and own boys from an overbridge.
Triveni quickly gave chase and forced the terrorist to change his position.
However, this brought the terrorist close to the parcel room ..
.. where a large number of civilians had taken refuge.
Realizing the gravity of the situation and seeking to avoid collateral damage, Triveni held his fire and quickened his pace and grabbed the second terrorist, wrestling him to the ground and dispatching ..
..him to his maker as well.
But in the process, this young lad from the land of brave Dogra warriors, received a fatal burst & breathed his last soon thereafter.
For his conspicuous gallantry & supreme sacrifice, Lt Triveni Singh was awarded the Ashok Chakra
Martyrs of CRPF - 02 Jan
Yet another CRPF trooper, fell this day four years ago.
Name missing in the above obit
This one from 5 Rashtriya Rifles (JAT) made the supreme sacrifice fighting Pak sponsored terror this day.
A commonwealth award-winning shooter - Subedar Major Fateh Singh of DSC.
Martyred this day in 2016 in the attack on the Pathankot Airbase.
Hav Kulwant Singh, DSC
Also martyred guarding critical national assets at the Pathankot Airbase, six years ago
Hav Sanjeevan Singh Rana, DSC
Took 5 bullets to his chest fighting Paaki scum in the Pathankot Airbase attack
Cpl Gursewak, Garud Commando
Married just over a month ago. Also martyred in the Pathankot Airbase attack this day six years ago
Lt Col Niranjan Kumar, Shaurya Chakra (Posth), NSG
Martyred in the Pathankot Airbase attack this day six years ago.
Remember him, anyone?
Today marks 14 years since these two Himveers made the supreme sacrifice in furtherance of national aims in faraway lands.
Martyrs of CRPF - 03 Jan
Siachen: Not only world's highest battlefield, but those days amongst the most active too

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