Place of Birth: Vayala(Kerala)

Service: Army

Last Rank : Naik

Unit : 37 Madras

Arm/Regt: The Madras Regiment

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Date of Martyrdom: 15 Sep 2020

Naik Aneesh Thomas

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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8 Comments
  • Riya Das

    2021at1:20 pm Reply

    Thank you for your dedication.for your service.for your sacrifice , your hard work and long hours and time away from family is difficult.but you are appreciated your country needs more soldiers like you !

    Proud of you
    Jai hind

  • ANNS MARIA VARGHESE

    2021at3:45 pm Reply

    They say that soldier is a true citizen and a true contributor of the country. I guess it true. They have always been a true inspiration to all the citizens .
    Because of soldiers like you we the citizens of India are able to sleep in peace . We are alive .
    Being for a defense background myself I know how difficult it is to be at the border with your life on stake for the people of the country.
    All the thank and respect will be wordless and not enough for the contribution you have made for us and the country .
    I can surely promise you that you will always be in our memories and prayer and everytime we have a proud moment , your presence will t be missed .
    I am also thankful to your parents for being supportive and encouraging to the difficult decision you made.
    Proud of you
    You are truly the son the Mother India

  • Najiha Pv

    2021at11:55 am Reply

    We all exist in the world and leave here with a name engraved in a stone, only in that stone.
    We may missed by our family and few friends, but that’s it.
    You lived a short life, mostly away from home and your loved ones.
    But you will be always in our prayers, you will be always missed by the country. your sacrifice is history.
    Thank you Brother.

  • Rinoy Lal

    2021at1:42 pm Reply

    To the soldier’s family.

    Thank you for your dedication and sacrifice that made this country a better place to live.
    We are deeply indebted to you. Whenever we see our national flag, it reminds us of your sacrifice. So proud of you.You will always be in our prayers.

    Thank you for giving us a warrior.
    Jai Hind

  • Anjelin

    2021at10:43 am Reply

    Brave soldier Aneesh,
    Rest in peace. India is grateful to you for your service.
    You are a great inspiration for many people!

    May God bless your wife Emily Thomas and daughter Hanna abundantly!

  • Azher Khan

    2021at6:14 pm Reply

    Giving a life for the country is the greatest act of patriotism and your valour is evident from what you gave up brother. People of our country and the generations to come shall remain indebted to you and your family forever! Jai Hind

  • Balamurali G

    2021at5:51 pm Reply

    Dear Family Members of Naik Aneesh Thomas
    Greetings!
    We would not be living the way we do now if it weren’t for the brave man who sacrificed his life for our freedom and safety. He brought fame, honour and respect to our beloved motherland. Be it any weather, he protected us. He was an ordinary person who faced extraordinary circumstances and acted with courage, honour and self-sacrifice. He is a true patriot. We are proud to have such a brave man. We will miss him dearly.
    Jai Hind!!!

  • Anantha Rao Sanapathi.

    2021at10:10 am Reply

    Dear Brave Family Members..
    First of all Happy Freedom Day to all in advance….

    I would like to say a Sorry and a Thank you.

    Sorry for the lost we Had.. He may not be with us now. But, He will be there forever in our hearts.

    Thanks, you gave us a brave heart. Everyday we live was torn and brought from his dairy.

    There are no words to convey our gratitude.
    There is no honour to replace your sacrifice.

    Chin Up.. We are proud of him..

    Stay strong, we are with you.

    With Love…

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