23 June 2020 I A Nepalese father of three has lost his life defending Indian territory in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Dipak Karki’s tragic demise comes at a point in time when his country Nepal, ironically, is fighting its own diplomatic war against India. The two South Asian neighbours simultaneously claim their ownership over three disputed territories in western Nepal – Lipulekh, Limpiyadhura and Kalapani. Both countries have the three areas in their respective political and administrative maps.
Mr Karki was wounded when Pakistani military allegedly opened fire along the Line of Control early Monday morning, media reports indicate.
According to a number of Indian media, the Pakistani Army began firing small arms and mortars around 5:30 am yesterday. The deceased Nepalese man was said to be guarding a forward post when he was gravely wounded during the skirmish.
Mr Karki reportedly served in the Gorkha Regiment, the Indian Army equivalent of the Royal Gurkhas of the British Army. He hailed from Chhatrakot-5 village in the mountainous Gulmi district.
According to Hindi language news website Amar Ujala, the funeral rites of the deceased 37-year-old father would be held today in the Indian city of Gorakhpur.
“Havildar Dipak Karki was a brave, highly motivated and sincere soldier. The nation will always remain indebted to him for his supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty,” The Hindustan Times quoted Lt Col Anand was quoted as saying.
There are nearly 40,000 Gorkha soldiers, regarded as India’s elite and most reliable fighting machines, serving in the Indian Army. These Nepalese citizens are duly recruited from Nepal as part of a tripartite agreement between England, India and Nepal.