In an unfortunate event, a cadet at the Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai died on Tuesday after sustaining a head injury while participating in a boxing competition. A resident of Kerala, Rony Scaria was rushed to the hospital immediately where an emergency surgery was also performed but, he could not gain “consciousness” and breathed his last at 04.55 PM on Monday. His body, accompanied by his brother, was brought via road to his native place Kudayathoor in Idukki, where it was laid to rest at the St Anthony’s Church at on Wednesday.
Scaria wanted to be a part of the Indian Army since a very young age. After completing his BTech in electronics and communication from University College of Engineering near Thodupuzha, Rony had got a well-paid job at an IT firm but he left it to join the Army.
“There are few members of our family, who served in the armed forces. He was always fascinated by the demeanour and their contributions. He started preparing to join the Army at a very young age,” said M M Scaria, Rony’s father who is a manager with the SBI branch at Painavu in Idduki.
Rony was described as a “sincere, dedicated and valiant gentleman cadet” by his father. He had joined the Academy in April was slated to become a commissioned officer in the Army in March 2018.
Army, on the other hand, said that boxing is an integral part of training at OTA. Military academies all over the world teach and train cadets in boxing as the sport develops self-confidence, aggressive spirit and perseverance, which are essential qualities of a military leader, it said in a release.
A sports medicine specialist is posted at the academy and the cadets wear protective gear of international standards during competitions, the release claimed. “The loss of Cadet Rony is therefore, most unfortunate,” it said.
“The family suffered an ‘irreparable loss’ and the Nation has lost a bright ‘young and brave budding officer cadet’,” the release added.