Retd Lt General KP Dhalasamanta dies at 70

Bhubaneswar: Lieutenant General (Retired) KP Dhalasamanta from Odisha passed away while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in New Delhi on Monday. He was 70.

Sources said, Dhalasamanta was battling with cancer and had been admitted to the hospital since last one month. He is survived by his wife Sumananjali Devi and son Pranab Dhalasamanta, Deputy Executive Editor with The Economic Times.

Born to former district judge Raghunath Dhalasamanta and mother Swarnamayee Devi in Khordha district, Dhalasamanta was commissioned to the Regiment of Artillery at the young age of 19.

In his illustrious career, Lt General Dhalasamanta had served the nation at different positions with brave and accomplishment.

Dhalasamanta, the retired Director General of the Rashtriya Rifles, India’s premier counter insurgency force deployed in Kashmir, participated in Indo-Pakistan war in 1971, Operation Blue Star in1984, the 1999 Kargil war so on and so forth.

The Lt General was among the veterans invited regularly to Bangladesh as a mark of honour for their valiant efforts in the liberation of Bangladesh.

He was also associated with the Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR) and Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) as defence expert.

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