Shailesh Kumar, National Defence,
New Delhi, 27 December 2017
Indian Army war veteran Col Anil Kaul (VrC) is no more. He passed away today at 08:15 at Fortis Hospital in Noida. “He was admitted in the hospital for dialysis last Sunday. He suffered multiple complications and died today evening. His last rites will be performed tomorrow at Brar Square”, informed Geetanjali Kaul, daughter of Col Anil Kaul.
Col Anil Kaul lost his right eye and fingers of his left arm in Op Pawan while heroically fighting with LTTE under Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) sent by India.
Col Kaul has been a major force behind the One Rank One Pension (OROP) moment. He pushed the OROP movement forward with his media acumen. Despite having kidney problem, he was active at various fora for the rights of ex-servicemen.
As the news of death of Col Kaul spread, many serving officers recalled their association with admiration and deep regards. Major General Satbir Singh, OROP movement leader said, “May God bless peace to the departed soul of Col Anil Kaul (VrC) and give strength to the family to bear the loss. Heartfelt condolences”.
“Deeply grieved to learn about Col Anil Kaul having passed away. May his soul rest in peace. Heartfelt condolences to Mrs Kaul and family and pray that they be blessed with all the strength to bear with this great personal loss to the family”, said R Adm (Retd) H C Malhotra in a message.
India has lost a great fighter today. National Defence mourns his sad demise. Our heartfelt condolences with the bereaved family. May his soul Rest in peace.
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Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 15 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.