Two IMA cadets take ill during training exercise, die

The cadets were in the fresh batch of GCs at IMA and were undertaking training course to leave the academy as Lieutenant-rank officers.

By: Express News Service | Dehradun | Updated: August 22, 2017 7:44 am

Two gentlemen Cadets (GCs) from the Dehradun-based Indian Military Academy (IMA) died after falling ill during a training course due to “exhaustion and dehydration”, the academy authorities said on Monday. The deaths took place on Friday and Saturday.

Seven GCs fell ill “due to dehydration” during Friday’s 10-km run held under the ‘Pahla Kadam’ exercise, conducted in Badshahi Bagh area of Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh. Of the seven, Deepak Sharma (22) from Bathinda, Punjab, was rushed to the nearest local hospital in Vikasnagar, in Dehradun district, in a “critical” condition, where he died the same day.

The remaining six were sent to the Military Hospital in Dehradun. Of them, Nabin Kumar Chhetri (23) from Darjeeling, West Bengal, was referred to Dehradun-based Shri Mahant Indiresh Hospital, where he died late Saturday night, according to a statement issued by the IMA on Monday.

The remaining five GCs admitted at the Military Hospital are “stable”, the academy stated.

“Postmortem reports of the two cadets are awaited but prima facie evidence indicates that the deaths occurred due to heart failure,” Dehradun Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Nivedita Kukreti said.

The cadets were in the fresh batch of GCs at IMA and were undertaking training course to leave the academy as Lieutenant-rank officers. The ‘Pahla Kadam’ exercise was part of the course to test endurance and build stamina of the GCs. While Sharma was undergoing training in Technical Graduate Course, Chhetri was in the Regular Course.

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    Anjana Chakraborty
    Aug 22, 2017 at 11:18 am
    Is this exercise called ‘Pahla Kadam’ ,a race for 10 km, absolutely mandatory? Every year it is the reason for death of few very young recruits. This exercise should be immediately banned or the distance be shortened so that this type of mishap is not repeated. It is time to sit up and change this practice.
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      Jogy A
      Aug 22, 2017 at 12:51 pm
      ..... and soldiers should be moved to safe places from Siachen, Kashmir and Doklam because many of them die there....... Dear Anjana, these boys were training to be soldiers not sissies. You need grit , guts and stamina to be part of this Indian Army that protects this country. What is 10 kms for a 20 year old soldier? It is a little pre-breakfast run on any normal day with plenty of activities planned after breakfast right upto the next day. If the boys couldn't make it, they never should have been thinking of joining the IA in the first place. IA is not a meal ticket. It is a way of life and more and it cannot and should not lower its standards to accommodate weaklings.
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    2. Monis Kamal
      Aug 22, 2017 at 10:23 am
      May their soul rest in peace. Condolences to their aggrieved families and dear ones.
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