He was his young daughter’s hero, and soon became one for the entire nation – but it cost him his life.
Major Satish Dahiya succumbed to injuries he sustained while fighting terrorists in Kashmir’s Handwara on Tuesday.
Major Dahiya, who exhibited exemplary courage, was leading the operation in which three terrorists were killed. A gallantry award winner, he was a native of Mahendergarh, Haryana, and is survived by his wife and a 2-year-old daughter, Priya. He was cremated with full military honours on Wednesday in Banhari village near Narnaul in Haryana.
Soon after the news of his martyrdom trickled in, a photograph of him with his daughter soon went viral on the Internet, with social media users paying their respects to the soldier.
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“Maj Dahiya had lead the operation launched by Army in Handwara yesterday which eventually resulted in the elimination of three terrorists thus delivering a major blow to the terror network in North Kashmir,” an army spokesman said, according to Hindustan Times.
Major Dahiya, who joined the armed forces in 2009, had in the past been a part of many counter-terrorism operations. He was part of the 30 Rashtriya Rifles.