The nation was shaken when the day of love turned into the most tragic one, when in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir more than 40 CRPF Jawans were martyred.
During the encounter Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal sustained severe injuries in his abdomen and neck.He was taken from the operation site to the Base Hospital in Srinagar, where they confirmed that he is no more. He was among the four army personnel martyred during this operation including a policeman.
The senselessness of violence is realised in moments when a wife, a child, a mother are left behind with just the mortal remains and the memories of their loved ones.
The funeral of Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal at Dehradun was filled with moments like these. Looking intently at the coffin of her husband, his 27-year-old wife Nikita Kaul blew him kisses, before leaning in and whispering ‘I love you’.
She later shouted ‘Vande Mataram’ three times and then said ‘I love you, Vibhu’ in a shaky voice, breaking down as she did that.
Major Dhondiyal joined army in 2011. He was a native of Dangwal in Dehradun. He is survived by his mother, three sisters, grandmother and wife. He got married in April 2018, less than a year ago and he was planning to come back this year for his first anniversary.
Talking to Hindustan Times, his sister said, “Since the wedding, we had been thinking of putting up pictures of their marriage in this room. The thought scares us now that instead of the couple, a photograph of our brother will hang on this wall.”