Palampur: Mortal remains of Karam Chand Katoch, sepoy of 4 Dogra Regiment were consigned to flames with military honours at his native village, Ajogar today. The mortal remains of Karam Chand Katoch were recoverd 48 years later as he was killed in the Sino-Indian war in Arunachal Pradesh in 1962.
Karam Chand, sepoy in 4 Dogras was killed in 1962, when Chinese troops launched an offensive on ill-equipped Indian troops in the North Eastern- Walong. Twenty year old Karam Chand was amongst the causalities inflicted by the Chinese but unfortunately his body was never recovered.
It was on July 1, 2010 that Border Road Task Force found a circular identity disc, PIS No. 3950976, and a silver ring, while clearing landslides on the road connecting Walong. The local army formation checked the war records and found the disc belong to sepoy Karam Chand Katoch of 4 Dogra’s. The local army unit then dug the area and found skeletal remains of Karam Chand, along with fountain pen and dilapidated pay book.
Karam Chand’s remains was brought from Walong last evening were kept at the headquarter of 39 mountain division in Palampur before being brought to his house. Villagers including ex-servicemen from all ages gathered at the house of Karam Chand to pay their last tributes.
Lieutenant. General Jasbir Singh Chief of Staff Northen Command, who is also the Colonel Commandant of Dogra regiment was the first to pay tributes at cremation ground. Other who laid the wreath included GOC of 39 Mountain Division Major General Amarjit Singh, Lt Gen (retd.) S S Wangra, a former Colonel of Dogra regiment.
Irrigation and Public Health minister Ravinder Singh Ravi, MLA Capt. Atma Ram and Praveen Sharma laid wreaths on behalf of the state government.