Meghna Girish, the mother of Major Akshay Girish Kumar, who was martyred during the Nagrota terrorist attack in 2016, has penned an emotional message for her granddaughter Naina. In a series of heartfelt tweets on Monday, Mrs Girish has paid tribute to her brave son who 'took multiple bullets and a grenade and fought to his last breath to save children, women and unarmed men' from terrorists.
Meghna Girish shared an old video of Naina's Birthday celebration in which the toddler is seen cutting her birthday cake. 'She smiles yet, her loss cannot be imagined', Mrs Girish captioned the video.
In another tweet, Mrs Girish expressed her gratitude for the messages of support and good wishes that her granddaughter Naina had received on her birthday on Sunday, i.e on October 28.
She recounted how Major Girish had defended India and fought the terrorists who had infiltrated their unit in Police uniforms, till his last breath.
On the fateful day of November 29, 2016, when terrorists attacked an Artillery unit at about 5:30 am in Nagrota and killed four soldiers before entering two residential buildings, Major Akshay was chosen to lead his unit’s Quick Reaction Team(QRT) to fight the terrorists. Major Akshay showed exemplary leadership in assessing the danger and moved in with his team to take counter-terrorist action. Their task was to prevent terrorists from killing women, children and unarmed men who were trapped within their homes. Major Akshay's QRT fought courageously and kept the terrorists pinned down. However, in doing so, the Major was hit by 2 bullets and finally laid down his life after a grenade was launched at him.
Major Girish's family has a proud tradition of serving in the forces. His father retired as a Wing Commander in the Indian Air Force and his grandfather, as a Colonel from the Indian Army.
Mrs Girish also paid tribute to Imtiyaz Ahmed Mir, the Jammu and Kashmir Police sub-inspector who was killed in Pulwama district on Sunday afternoon, hours after he was abducted by terrorists.
Sub-Inspector Imtiyaz Ahmad Mir was killed by unidentified gunmen who waylaid his car near Romshi Nallah. Mir, a resident of Sontbugh, was posted in the Criminal Investigation Department wing of the police in Srinagar's Sheergadi area.