in remembrance Kargil War
Balasore, July 26: Subedar Hemant Mohanty of Balasore was a commandant of Bofors guns in the Battle of Kargil. After a long three-month battle, he was shot in the leg by an enemy following which he lost his feet and got paralyzed. That’s why his girlfriend turned away and got married elsewhere.
Subedar Hemant Mohanty was fully involved in the Kargil war. At the time, he used to be Lance Naik, in an artillery group. On the evening of May 16, 1999, he was shot in the leg by an enemy. He did not feel the pain at that time for quite long as he was busy fighting the enemy. But half an hour later he fainted. Pictures of how he came to the Army Hospital, and his subsequent health condition, are all fresh today in his memory.
After six months of treatment in the hospital, Mohanty returned to his village in Baliapal. Before the war, he joined the Army promising to get married after returning home. But unfortunately, after finding Mohanty being injured during the war, his lady love married someone else.
Hemant eventually married Sasmita after that. Sasmita is today laughing remembering his husband’s love story. “I wouldn’t have been able to get him, had he been married to her (his girlfriend),” said Sasmita.
Hemant may have lost her love, but he found a good life partner.
He is currently working at the Chandipur Ammunition Testing Center in Balasore and he is proud to have been involved in the Kargil war.