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‘I am glad he died fighting’: Father of Bengal’s Rajesh Orang who died in Galwan face-off

Elder to two sisters, Rajesh Orang, 26, was the sole breadwinner of his family. He had joined the Army in 2015.

Written by Santanu Chowdhury | Kolkata |
Updated: June 17, 2020 4:14:50 pm
Rajesh Orang was one among the 20 jawans who were killed during the face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Galwan valley. (Express Photo)

Rajesh Orang from West Bengal’s Birbhum district was the first person from the Orang family to have joined the Army. The 26-year-old was one among the 20 soldiers who were killed in the violent face-off between the Indian Army and Chinese troops in the Galwan valley of Ladakh on Monday night.

Rajesh’s father, Subhas Orang, a tribal farmer at Belgharia village in Birbhum’s Mohammadbazar, told the mediapersons: “Yesterday, we got a call from the headquarters about my son’s demise. I am glad he died fighting. I will be relieved if the government gives a befitting reply to his killers.”

Subhas Orang, who is bedridden, added: “Rajesh came home in September last year. He used to call every Sunday. The last time we spoke to him was about a fortnight ago. He had told us that the situation was tense in Ladakh region and that he will not be able to call for a while. He was supposed to visit Birbhum in May but could not do so due to the lockdown.

Elder to two sisters, Rajesh was the sole breadwinner of his family. He had joined the Army in 2015 and was posted at the 16 Bihar Regiment.

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