Kishori Lal, 53, a Defence Security Corps (DSC) personnel posted at the Pathankot Air Force Station had just stepped out of his room around 3.30 am on January 2 to answer nature’s call when he was hit by a bullet just above his heart.
He was soon rescued by fellow soldiers and airlifted from 167 Military Hospital at Pathankot to Chandimandir Command Hospital in Panchkula on Sunday morning along with other injured defence personnel. Lal, who is admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Command Hospital is recovering and his condition is stable.
Before joining Defence Security Corps in 2005, Lal had served in the 16th Punjab Regiment for 20 years. Lal hails from Gughrahd village in Jaisinghpur tehsil of Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh. He has two sons, the elder among them serves in the Indian Army.
Vikas Sharma, the younger of Lal’s sons told The Indian Express that his father was posted to Pathankot Air Base just two months ago. “He was on leave and had joined duty just a day before the terrorist attack,” said Sharma. “By God’s grace my father survived the attack. Had the bullet pierced his heart, there was no hope of survival. Now he is able to speak,”
He said that the family members got to know of the injury on January 2 morning. “We then rushed to Panchkula Command Hospital,” said Sharma.
As per Chandimandir Command Hospital personnel, two injured defence personnel who had survived the Pathankot terrorist attack were shifted to Army Hospital Research and Referral (RR), New Delhi on Monday morning.