Nitika Kaul Dhoundiyal, wife of Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal who sacrificed his life for the motherland, has cleared the SSB Interview to join the OTA Chennai. She attended the SSB interview for SSCW(Tech) 25 technical entry in Nov 2019 and cleared her SSB interview and medicals from SSB Allahabad. Mrs Dhoundiyal is now waiting for the SSCW OTA merit list to join the officers training academy, Chennai for Indian Army. Nikita Kaul Dhoundiyal has completed her engineering in ECE from Manav Rachna Faridabad and she also holds an MBA degree in marketing and operations from UBS Panjab University, Chandigarh. Nitika Kaul Dhoundiyal is currently working in TCS as a business analyst.
Major Dhoundiyal was part of the assault team spearheaded by Brigadier Harbir Singh, a senior army officer. The team zeroed in on the extremists’ location, upon being challenged, the terrorists opened fire on the assault team halting their movement. The counter-terror operation was intense lasting for over 20 hours finally resulting in several hardcore terrorists, who were responsible for the attack on CRPF convoy being killed. However, during the heavy exchange of fire, came at a cost, eleven personnel from the assault team got injured, including the leader of the group, Brigadier Singh. The injured soldiers were immediately evacuated to the Army Hospital; however, it was too late. Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal and three of his men, sepoy Ajay Kumar, Hari Singh, and Havaldar Sheo Ram succumbed to their injuries. Major Dhoundiyal’s wife, family and colleagues, remember the martyred army major, as a valiant army officer who always led from the front. His uncompromising service to bring the perpetrators of a national tragedy that is still fresh in the minds of the people have earned him the Shaurya Chakra!