Arunachal chopper crash: Pilot fails to keep date with sisters
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Last Updated: Thursday, May 05, 2011, 16:18
Dehradun: He had promised his sisters that he would return home on May 8.

But this is one promise that 48-year-old pilot Capt Tejender Singh Mamik, who died in the chopper crash in Arunachal along with Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, could not keep.

Since the news of his death broke, the wails of his three sisters have engulfed the Race Course colony residence of Mamik here.

Chanting his name repeatedly, Pinki, one of his sisters says, "Please bring back my brave brother to me. I want to see him just once. He had given a promise to come back home on May 8. Please bring him."

Capt Mamik, who was divorced, was living with his three sisters - Charanjeet, Pinky and Renu here. Capt Mamik, who hailed from Punjab, was a Lt Col in the Indian Army and had taken voluntary retirement. He later joined Pawan Hans.

While one of his sisters works with the Survey of India, the other works as a teacher. The third sister is recuperating after a leg injury.

One of his friends, Jitendra Singh said, "He had quit the services for his sisters. But now he has left them behind. Mamik was a brave heart and proved his mettle wherever he went."

Remembering Capt Mamik as a cheerful person, his neighbours said that he would spend time with relatives and friends whenever he came to Dehradun.

The secretary of Race Course colony Devendra Pal Singh said, "Mamik specialised in flying over glaciers. He used to like piloting choppers over difficult terrains like Leh, Ladakh and Siachen. After quitting the services, he had also offered his services in Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir. He also piloted helicopters to the Vaishnodevi cave shrine."

"He was a cheerful person. His parents used to fondly call him 'Titu' - a pet name that even his neighbours used for him later," he said.

Mamik, who had studied in St. Joseph school here, was also a good ghazal singer, recall his friends.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank met Capt Mamik's family members to offer his condolences and also promised a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to his sisters.

Mamik was killed along with four others when the single-engine EuroCopter B8 of Pawan Hans, crashed in a place between Kyela and Lugathang in the mountainous region of Arunachal Pradesh.


First Published: Thursday, May 05, 2011, 16:18

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