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Lt Aniket Kumbhar Paid Tribute To His Late NDA Batchmate Squadron Cadet Captain Pratham Mahale

Lt Aniket Kumbhar Paid Tribute To His Late NDA Batchmate Squadron Cadet Captain Pratham Mahale

During the commissioning ceremony, the defence community witnessed a touching scene as Pratham’s parents, visibly moved, pipped Lt Kumbhar.

In a poignant ceremony at the Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehradun, newly commissioned Lt Aniket Kumbhar paid an emotional tribute to his late best friend, Squadron Cadet Captain Pratham Mahale, by inviting Pratham’s parents to pin his officer’s insignia on him during his commissioning.

Lt Kumbhar and Cadet Mahale, who hailed from Maharashtra, were close friends and batchmates in the 145th course at NDA. Their bond, forged in the rigorous training and shared dreams of serving the nation, was tragically cut short when Cadet Mahale died after sustaining a head injury during the Inter Squadron Boxing Competition on October 16, 2023.

Despite emergency surgery for internal head bleeding at the Command Hospital in Pune, Cadet Mahale’s life could not be saved. He was honored posthumously with full military rites, with Vice Admiral Ajay Kochhar, AVSM, NM, the Commandant of the National Defence Academy, laying a wreath in his memory.

During the commissioning ceremony, the defence community witnessed a touching scene as Pratham’s parents, visibly moved, pipped Lt Kumbhar. This gesture symbolized not only the continuation of Pratham’s legacy but also the deep bond shared by the two families united by their sons’ camaraderie and sacrifice.

Late Squadron Cadet Captain Pratham Mahale

The principal, officers, staff, and cadets of the academy expressed their warm congratulations to Lt Aniket Kumbhar on his commissioning and wished him a distinguished career ahead. The academy also acknowledged the profound impact of Aniket’s tribute, highlighting the values of friendship and respect deeply embedded in the ethos of the IMA.

This ceremony not only marked the beginning of Lt Kumbhar’s career but also served as a reminder of the personal sacrifices and deep bonds that define the lives of those who choose to serve in the armed forces.

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