A year after Major Vibhuti Dhoundiyal laid down his life while fighting terrorists, his wife Nikita Kaul, is all set to join the Indian Army. Nikita Kaul cleared the Short Service Commission (SSC) exam and also got recommended in the Services Selection Board (SSB) interview. She is now waiting for the merit list. She will join the Officers Training Academy (OTA) at Chennai in April this year. Kanika Rane, Wife of Martyred Major Kaustubh Rane of Indian Army, Set to Join Officers Training Academy in October.
After 11 months of rigorous training, Nikita will be commissioned into the Indian Army as Lieutenant. While speaking to CNN News 18, she said, “I filled the SSC form six months after Vibhu’s martyrdom. It was my way to heal. When I wrote the exam and gave the interview, I could feel what he would have felt when he wrote his SSC. I connected with him, his fears and his anxiety. Somehow that gave me strength.” Gauri Mahadik, Widow of Major Prasad Mahadik Of Indian Army to Join Officers’ Training Academy in April.
Nikita is cuurently working in an MNC in Noida. She will soon quit her job to join the OTA. Major Vibhuti Dhoundiyal attained martyrdom on February 17, 2019, almost nine months after his marriage with Nikita. Garima Abrol, Widow of Squadron Leader Samir Abrol of Indian Air Force, Clears SSB Interview, Will Join Air Force Academy in January 2020.
Major Dhoundiyal was among four Army men martyred in the encounter with Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists in Pulawama, a short distance away from the spot where 40 CRPF personnel were killed in a suicide attack on February 14, 2019. He was posted with 55 Rashtriya Rifles. Major Dhoundiyal was a resident of Dehradun.