Often we curse husbands to be the worst creatures on this planet, who are only here to ruin lives of their better halves. However, we rarely appreciate the gestures of these same men who do anything to save their loved ones……even at the cost of their own lives.
An Army officer died while trying to save his dog during a fire incident in Gulmarg area of Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. In the extremely devastating incident, the army Major has lost his life in the bargain.
Reportedly, a fire broke out in the officer’s hut and Major Ankit Budhraja of Corps Signals which is attached with SSTC Gulmarg, rescued his wife and one of his dogs from the flames. However, when he went back to rescue his second dog, he ended up suffering from burn injuries up to 90 per cent on his entire body.
Unfortunately, the dog also later succumbed to its injuries and passed away in the fire. A senior army official told media that a thorough investigation is underway in order to determine the cause of the fire, and a forensic team was brought in to gather the samples.
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According to another officer, the 33-year-old Budhraja tried to douse the fire himself till other soldiers arrived to help. He asked the soldiers to take his wife to safer place before rushing in again. The officer quoted,
His wife is in shock and has been shifted to Srinagar. What is sad is that the officer was being posted somewhere else and was leaving today. He had already packed his bags.
The police received information at 2:45am about the fire. However, they could retrieve the body only after 4am when the fire was brought under control. The body of the Army officer was shifted to sub-district hospital Tangmarg for further medico-legal formalities and was then taken to 92 Base Army Hospital.
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The police officer said that they are trying to ascertain the cause of the fire.
There could be two reasons – either a short circuit or the Kerosene Bukhari which was being used in the hut. The FSL have taken samples and we can come to a conclusion only after a report from them.
The fire was brought under control by firefighters with the assistance of local police.
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The police officer said the Army officer hailed from Jhansi in Madhya Pradesh and had packed his bags to leave for Srinagar after he got a new posting. Less he knew what destiny had in store for him.
#RIP Braveheart…..and also the little angel dog!