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Daddy's voice comes back home. he doesn't (Indian Express)

Daddy's voice comes back home, he doesn't

`Beta, when I destroy the bad men troubling us, I will come back to you with loads of toys'. These were the words of Major Sushil Aima, which he recorded for her daughter, Ridhi on an audio tape a day before he was killed in an encounter with three hardcore Pakistani militants in a hand-to-hand combat in Mandi town of Poonch district.

Ridhi, Major Aima's four-year old daughter was deeply attached to her father and on his being posted to the Rashtriya Rifles unit here, she became withdrawn. The only thing which made her jump in excitement and bring a smile on her face was the voice of her father, which Major Aima used to record from his camp location and send to her regularly. Even his year-old son, Sidhi, would look forward to hearing his papa's voice.

Col L M Chamola, Commanding Officer, 17 RR, remembers Maj Aima as one of the most soft spoken, affectionate and daring officer who always seized an opportunity to engage militants. ``He was the son of soil and possessed a burning desirein his heart to get rid of every single intruder from his motherland''. He personified the Army dictum of `Eye for the militants and heart for the innocents', the Commanding Officer said.

Maj Aima was a Kashmiri settled in Palam Vihar, Gurgaon (Haryana). Captain Manish, Adjt 17 RR fondly remembers him as a computer buff who could spend hours together in front of his TV monitor toying latest software. Subedar Bhoroade, his company's senior JCO was in tears. ``We used to call Saheb giant killer who could scare a militant to death by his mere presence,'' he said. Six feet 5 inches tall, Major Aima was a towering personality. According to Army spokesman, Major S Sabharwal, it took five militants to pin him down after a 15 minute hand-to-hand close quarter combat in which he managed to kill three militants. In this operation, Major Aima and his commandos killed a total of five hardcore Pak militants and recovered four AK rifles, five bag fulls of IED and explosives with large quantity of ammunition. The body ofMaj Aima was flown to the capital today afternoon by Indian Airlines flight and was received in Delhi by his bereaved family members and senior officers of the Indian Army. Rich tributes were paid to the brave officer.
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"But this is Aima Sir's show" (Sidharth Mishra in Pioneer)

Do rights-walas remember Lt Kalia, an Indian soldier? Author: Sidharth Mishra
Publication: The Pioneer Date: November 11, 2002

In July 2000 I was visiting forward areas in the Poonch-Rajouri sector. This was when the Kargil war had just ended and infiltration by Paskistan-backed militants had shifted southward. The assignment was to cover both the firing from beyond the Line of Control and from within. Our requirements needed covering both the forward infantry battalions and also the Rashtriya Rifles (RR) units combing the hinterland.

One such RR unit was located at Thana Mandi near Poonch. The unit location was very scenic in a valley alongside a river. While travelling around Poonch we happened to meet the Brigadier commanding the RR force in the area at a Gurdwara. He invited us to join him in visiting the RR battalion at Thana Mandi.

The young officers at the battalion made an impeccable multi-media presentation to the force commander. Impressed, I congratulated the Captain handling the mouse. He replied, "But this is Aima Sir's show." When I asked for 'Aima Sir', I was told that he was out with his company on a patrol. "I assure you he wields the gun as efficiently as the mouse," his commanding officer had said.

We stopped for the night at the Division Headquarters in Rajouri, where some of my school-types (Rashtriya Indian Military College) had organised a get-together. I had met some at their tactical headquarters on the LoC, some at company headquarters on a forward post, some standing counsel for a brother officer in a court martial proceedings. My visit had been exhausting and I was amazed at their stamina to remain both mentally and physically under the tall order. In between, the Div Commander had excused himself from the party as some 'pressing engagement' had come up.

Next evening I reached Jammu and took the train to Capital. On reaching home and seeing me in good shape my wife had heaved a sigh of relief. Flipping through The Times of India, as usual, I looked for the obituaries column. The top box carried photo of a bespectacled officer who was killed in anti-terror operations. He was of my age. He had a daughter like me and of the same age. The name left me absolutely numb - Major Sushil Aima. Yes, 'Aima Sir', whose multi-media presentation we had watched as he was on his way to face the bullets of the terrorists.

Why I write about Sushil Aima today is because he represents our generation who has faced the wrath of the terror perpetrated on us. Sushil, like me, was from the Capital. I found a job in the Capital, whereas Sushil decided to wear olive-green primarily for the reason of livelihood.

While Sushil faced bullets we punch on the desktops our analysis of human rights violations. Sushil was ambushed and died in action, justification the humanrightswalas would forward. But remember Lieutenant Saurabh Kalia. The subaltern, barely in his 20s, faced torture which would shame the Barbarians.

His eyes were punctured, his tooth and nails plucked out, his testicles cut, knees broken and then shot through the brain. Did those veteran journalists, who are raising a din for the human rights of the Pak terrorists, shed a tear in ink for the lad? Have they used their intellect and unsatiating spirit of upholding human rights to plead the case of Saurabh Kalia at any forum.

We are a nation of ungrates. Those trying to unearth the truth of Ansal Plaza would do well sometime to recall the martyrdom Indians embrace to keep India together. And the NHRC would serve better by coming to the succour of helpless citizens who return from their doorsteps without getting any justice.
20.09.2006 14:01 Offline cashmeeri

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Major's body arrives on marriage anniversary (Tribune)

Major’s body arrives on marriage anniversary
From Ravi S Singh -Tribune News Service

Thirtyone-year-old Maj Sushil Aima of 17 Rashtriya Rifles kept his promise giving "surprise" to his mother.

A few days ago he wrote a letter to his mother Kanta Aima saying that he would surprise her by coming to Gurgaon on his fifth anniversary on August 2. That he was granted leave was also surprising for his family members.

But fate had willed otherwise. His body reached here today morning. It had arrived at the Palam Airport last evening. Major Aima fell to the bullets of Pak-inspired militants at Kopra village in the Poonch area on August 1.

Major Aima was on a three-year deputation to 47 ADA. He had completed a year of the deputation period.

According to Lt Col Arvind Mathur, the IInd in command to Major Aima in the operation, his unit was informed that about 50 militants were hiding on hills. Major Aima led the unit for the operation. The militants foxed the advancing unit and escaped in the nearby fields having standing crops of maize.

Colonel Mathur said one of the militants lobbed a grenade at Major Aima. Although he successfully dodged the flying grenade, one jawan was injured by its splinters. The slain hero nabbed the militant in one to one fight and pumped bullets in him. He also liquidated the second militant advancing towards him. But he fell to a bullet hit by the third militant who found the target on his left temple. Although he was fully incapacitated, Major Aima killed the militant in an exchange of bullets before he closed his eyes for ever.

Major Aima’s family had migrated from Kashmir to Gurgaon in 1990, when militancy started gaining momentum in the troubled state.

Mr Makhan Lal Aima, father of Major Aima, said he was proud of his son. Ms Archana Aima, wife of the hero, was understandably shaken.

However, family members were not alone to receive the body of the hero. Hundreds of persons from all walks of life descended on Palam Vihar to pay their last respects to him. Anti-Pakistan slogans rent the air. "Shahid Aima amar rahe" (martyr Aima be you immortal) was the refrain of the crowd. Among others, Mr Kailash Sharma, Haryana minister and former ministers Ram Bilas Sharma and Suraj Pal were present on the occasion.

Children of neighbouring schools stood along the path of the cavalcade that followed the body of the Major to Delhi’s cantonment area for the funeral.

According to Major R.K. Sharma (retd), secretary of the Zila Sainik Board, the state government had christened the main road connecting Sector 23 and Palam Vihar from Brijwasan to Dundahera after the name of the hero.
20.09.2006 14:15 Offline cashmeeri