Gurugram village elated over its Rafale connection

Rohit Kataria, one of the pilots, hails from Basai village

Gurugram village elated over its Rafale connection

Rohit Kataria (centre).

Sanjay Yadav

Gurugram, July 29

Celebrations broke out at Basai, the native village of Rohit Kataria, one of the pilots who flew Rafale from France to India on Wednesday.

As per Kataria’s family members who live in Gurugram, the entire family village is proud of him.

“We were excited and anxious, but felt happy and relieved in the end. Rohit had completed his Rafale training in France. He has flown almost all Air force aircraft, including Mirage and Sukhoi. It’s double celebration as he has also been promoted as group captain,” Colonel Satbeer Singh (retd), father of Rohit, told The Tribune.

The only son, Rohit was born on January 1, 1982 at Basai village in Gurugram. His father Colonel Satbir Singh now lives in Sector 56. He is retired from Army educational Corps (AEC), while Rohit’s mother is a school teacher.

“Our village is proud and he will inspire coming generations of the village. We are eagerly awaiting his visit here so that we can all get clicked with him,” said a villager, Bal Krishna.

Rohit Kataria studied in Sainik School, Tilaiya, in Jharkhand and was commissioned in 2003. Father of two, he lives in Gwalior at present. He had been working as instructor at Air Force training centres.

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