Place of Birth: Vayala(Kerala)
Last Rank : Naik
Unit : 37 Madras
Arm/Regt: The Madras Regiment
Operation : CI & IS Ops
Date of Martyrdom: 15 Sep 2020
Naik Aneesh Thomas hailed from Vayala village in Kollam district of Kerala. He joined the Army after completing his education in the year 2005 at the age of 20 years. He was recruited into 37 Madras battalion of the well known Madras Regiment, an infantry regiment widely respected for its intrepid soldiers and numerous battle exploits.
After serving for few years, he got married to Ms Emily and the couple had a daughter Hanna in the year 2014. By the year 2020, he had put in around 15 years of service and had been promoted to the rank of Naik. By then he had served in various challenging operational areas and developed into a tough and dedicated soldier.
LOC Firing (Sunderbani Sector): 15 Sep 2020
During Sep 2020, Naik Aneesh Thomas‘s unit 37 Madras was deployed in the Sunderbani sector of J & K along the LOC. India shares a 3,323-km border with Pakistan, of which 221 km of the IB and 740 km of the LOC fall in Jammu and Kashmir. As in the previous years, the LOC was highly active and volatile where ceasefire violations occurred very often and without any warning. It was also used by the terrorists for infiltration with the connivance of Pakistani security forces. The year 2019 witnessed very high number of ceasefire violations and the trend continued in the year 2020 too. One more such ceasefire violation took place on 15 Sep 2020 in Rajouri district of J&K.
On 15 Sep 2020, in the afternoon Pakistani troops initiated unprovoked firing on Indian posts from across the border in the Sunderbani sector in Rajouri district. Pakistani soldiers violated the ceasefire and resorted to unprovoked firing using small arms, automatics, and mortars. Naik Aneesh Thomas’s unit was manning one of the forward posts in that sector. Indian forces retaliated forcefully against the ceasefire violation and the cross border firing continued for several hours. However, during the exchange of fire, Naik Aneesh Thomas got grievously injured and was immediately shifted to the hospital at the nearby Army base. However, Naik Aneesh Thomas later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Naik Aneesh Thomas was a valiant and committed soldier who laid down his life in the service of the nation.
Naik Aneesh Thomas is survived by his wife Smt Emily Thomas and daughter Hanna.
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