He used to say- ‘I will die by taking a bullet in my chest’: Captain Anshuman Singh’s wife

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New Delhi. Smriti, the wife of Captain Anshuman Singh of the Army Medical Corps, who was posthumously awarded the Kirti Chakra for his extraordinary bravery, remembering her husband, said that he often used to say, “I will not die a normal death. I will die by taking a bullet on my chest.” When Captain Singh was awarded the Kirti Chakra on Friday, it was a moment of pride for his family on his bravery and while receiving the award, a mixed feeling of sadness and pride was visible on the faces of his wife and mother.
President Draupadi Murmu on Friday presented the Kirti Chakra on the martyrdom of Captain Anshuman Singh to the late officer’s wife and mother Manju Singh at the Defence Investiture Ceremony. This is the second highest award given for gallantry in peacetime.

The Defence Ministry spokesperson on Saturday shared a video of Smriti on the social media platform ‘X’, in which she remembered her husband and told how they both became each other’s life partners. Captain Singh’s wife said, “He was very capable. He used to tell me, ‘I will die by taking a bullet on my chest. I will not die such an ordinary death that no one comes to know about it.’ The story of Captain Singh’s martyrdom is also not common. Captain Singh was martyred while saving people from a fierce fire in July last year.

Rashtrapati Bhavan shared a post on ‘X’ and said, “President Draupadi Murmu conferred the Kirti Chakra posthumously to Captain Anshuman Singh of the Army Medical Corps, 26th Battalion Punjab Regiment. Without caring for his own safety, he displayed extraordinary bravery to save many people in a major fire incident.” Rashtrapati Bhavan also shared a photo of Captain Singh’s wife accepting the Kirti Chakra.

President Draupadi Murmu awarded 10 Kirti Chakras to the army and paramilitary forces at the Defence Investiture Ceremony held in the courtyard of Rashtrapati Bhavan on July 5, of which seven medals were awarded posthumously. The video posted by the Defence Ministry spokesperson on ‘X’ is being widely circulated on various social media platforms. In the video, Smriti, who looks inconsolable, recalls her husband and said that it was “love at first sight” between her and Captain Anshuman and then they got married after being in a ‘long distance relationship’ for eight years.

Recalling the lovely moments spent with Singh, Smriti said, “We met on the first day of engineering college. In a way, it was love at first sight. A month later, Anshuman got selected in the Armed Forces Medical College. He was very intelligent. After meeting for just a month, we were in a ‘long distance relationship’ for eight years.” Smriti said, “Then we decided to get married but within two months of marriage, he was deployed in Siachen. I spoke to Anshuman on the phone for a long time on July 18. During this time, we talked about planning for the next 50 years, building a house of our own, having children and many other things, but the next day when I woke up, I got a call that he is no more.” She said that she has not been able to overcome this grief till date.

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