2 JANUARY 2020 I A Nepalese citizen, who was one of two Indian soldiers killed in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, was reportedly talking to his family over the Internet when a gun battle broke out with “heavily-armed infiltrators”.
Rifleman Arjun Thapa, who hailed from Nepal’s Gorkha District, lost his life as Indian “security forces foiled a major infiltration bid by terrorists along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district on New Year’s day”.
Mr Thapa was the only son in the family, Ekantipur reported. The tragedy has not only affected the bereaved family but also the entire community in the Gorkha Municipality where he hailed from.
The 24-year-old had married only seven months ago, Ekantipur said.
His sister-in-law told the media that the slain Gurkha asked his family to hang up when gun shots began to ring.
The deceased soldier was recently in Nepal to spend time with his family, it is understood.
It took several calls from the Thapa family before they could learn what had befallen their young son and husband, reports indicated.