Bhubaneswar: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan have mourned the death of Lt Gen (retd) KP Dhal Samanta’s demise.
“Odisha mourns the loss of one of its most illustrious sons, Lt Gen (retd) KP Dhal Samanta. He was a veteran of 1971 War, Op Blue Star, Siachen & Kargil War. A proud alumnus of Sainik School, BBSR retired as DG of Rashtriya Rifles India’s main counter insurgency force in J&K,” tweets CM Naveen Patnaik.
He breathed his last around 7.30 am. He is survived by his wife Sumananjali Devi and son Pranab Dhalasamanta. Dhalasamanta, the retired Director General of the Rashtriya Rifles, India’s premier counter insurgency force deployed in Kashmir, was commissioned at the young age of 19 to the Regiment of Artillery. He had fought in the 1971 war on the Eastern front and was awarded the Poorvi Star.