Martyr Ahmed Ali laid to rest with State honours
HT Correspondent (Gurgaon, July 10)
“I AM proud of my son as he sacrificed his life while protecting his country,” said Abdul Majid Khan, father of Lance Naik Ahmed Ali, who died fighting the intruders in Batalik sector on July 2.
With full military and State honours, the body of Ahmed Ali was laid to rest in his native Gudhi village, around 30 kilometre from here today. Abdul Majid Khan, 75, said today a police team came to his home in the morning and informed him about the supreme sacrifice made by his son. “I felt proud that my son brought pride for his village, for his country,” said Majid Khan. He added that if needed, he was ready to send his three sons to the military to fight for the country. He further said that he would also send his grandsons to the military.
Martyr Ahmed Ali was married to Hajra 15 years ago. They had five daughters and two sons. One daughter was born just twenty days ago while the eldest child is their 12-year-old daughter. Hajra Ali said that her husband came home for 15 days holidays three months ago. He had started constructing a new house in the village but leaving it incomplete, he joined the service.
Despite being worried about her children’s career, Hajra maintained her composure in the true tradition of Indian martyr’s wife. Lance Naik Sattar Khan, one of the members of the soldiers team who fought against the intruders, was accompanying the body from Batalik sector.
Sattar Khan informed, “we had almost captured 5287 Hill in Batalik sector on July 1. We were around 60 soldiers and they were around 70. On the top of the hill, we were fighting face to face, with hardly 50 yards distance between them and us. We forced them backwards.”
On July 2, in the morning at around 7 a.m., there was suddenly a heavy firing from the enemy’s side. Sattar Khan said, “We gave them a befitting reply. Suddenly, a bullet hit Ahmed Ali on the right side of upper chest, but by the time he had killed two intruders. Ahmed Ali died on the spot. Our ten soldiers died in this operation and we killed fifteen intruders and captured the hill completely.
There was a surge of people from all walks of life who paid their last respects to the martyr before he was laid to rest this evening. They raised slogans in praise of the country and Ahmed Ali.
Leaders of all political parties and senior bureaucrats were present on the occasion. Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner Krishan Kumar announced that the road leading to the village and three rooms which will be built in the village primary school will be named after the martyr.
Courtesy: The HINDUATAN TIMES News Service
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