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Captain Anshuman Singh Awarded Kirti Chakra Posthumously for Bravery in Siachen Fire

Captain Anshuman Singh
Preeti Bali / 7:19 am / July 9, 2024

President Droupadi Murmu posthumously awarded the Kirti Chakra, India’s second-highest peacetime gallantry award, to Captain Anshuman Singh in recognition of his selfless sacrifice during a major fire incident in Siachen in 2023. Smriti Singh, Captain Singh’s widow, and Manju Singh, his mother, received the honor on his behalf in a ceremony held on Friday.

Love Story of a Soldier

In a viral video, Smriti Singh shared a brief look into her endearing romantic tale with Chief Singh. “Our ways crossed on the absolute first day of school,” she related. “It could sound banality, yet it was really all consuming, instant adoration. In no less than a month, he got a spot at the Military Clinical School (AFMC). We were right here, meeting in a designing school, and he winds up at a clinical school – a splendid brain, for sure. After a month of getting familiar, we left on a far-removed relationship that extended for a long time. Ultimately, we chose to seal the deal, thus we did.”

A Hero’s Last Conversation

Retaliating tears, Smriti Singh likewise shared subtleties of their last discussion. “Tragically, in the span of two months of our wedding, he was sent to Siachen. On July eighteenth, we had an extended discussion, imagining our coexistence for the following 50 years – building a home, beginning a family, and so on. The following morning, on the nineteenth, I awakened to the overwhelming news that he was no more.”

Outpouring of Respect

The widely circulated video has evoked a multitude of reactions online. One user expressed, “The mere thought of the aftermath is gut-wrenching. Immense respect for these brave soldiers and their families.” Another user commented, “Salute to this valiant soldier who served at the world’s most challenging post and displayed extraordinary courage to save his fellow soldiers.” A third user added, “Our gratitude to heroes like him who keep us safe.”

Act of Heroism and Sacrifice

 Captain Anshuman Singh lost his life in July 2023 due to a fire accident at an Indian Army ammunition depot in Siachen. He heroically rescued a fellow army officer trapped inside a fiberglass hut during the blaze. Reports indicate that the fire engulfed a medical shelter as well, and Captain Singh perished while attempting to retrieve life-saving medication.

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