Colonel Jojan Thomas was killed in an encounter with terrorists in North Kupwara of Jammu and Kashmir. The body of Colonel Thomas was brought to Srinagar early on Saturday 23rd August, before being flown to his home in Bangalore.
Col. Thomas was killed as he led a quick reaction team from 45 Rashtriya Rifles in the dense forests of Macchal sector, near the Line of Control near PoK. His team shot down six terrorists and he was one of the four Indian soldiers who were killed in the battle.
Col. Thomas was the eldest of four sons. His father P.A. Thomas, who served in the Indian Army as a mechanical engineer, died just a month ago. "Our family has been serving in the Defence forces for a long time. My brother worked in Indian Navy and another brother served in the Indian Army," said Joby Thomas, Col. Thomas's brother.
Bright officer, brave soldier, and a role model leading from the front, Colonel Jojan Thomas will remain an inspiration to many.