Major Hemant Raj from the Indian Army’s 28 Madras Sapth Shakti Command loves action, even when on leave. His visuals have gone viral where he is shown organising tonnes of relief material in Chengannur, Kerala.
The Army officer, despite being on leave, mobilised a team of retired defence personnel and local fishermen to shift hundreds of marooned people to safety, learning about the well-being of his wife and parents much later.
His story began on August 18, the first day of what would have been his first day of leave.
“I was quite excited to go to my hometown in Kerala to attend Onam. My leave was sanctioned from Aug 18 and I had my flight scheduled for Kochi from Delhi,” the officer told IANS.
When he reached Delhi, he came to know about the massive destruction in the God’s Own Country.
“I got to know that my family members were in relief camps and my village was completely flooded. I was informed that my flight to Kochi was cancelled,” said Major Raj.
“I requested IndiGo officials to accommodate me in their flight to Thiruvananthapuram. I told them that I was keen to serve my people. The officials respected my uniform. I reached the state capital around 2 am on Aug 19,” he said.
In Thiruvananthapuram, he contacted Air Force officials and requested them to airdrop him at Chengannur where he found the situation pitiable: roads were flooded and there was no way he could have reached the interiors.
“Even the state government was unaware Chengannur’s drowning,” said Major…