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Vansh, the eldest of the two sons of Havildar Ravi Paul Salotra, is aware that his father was martyred in Uri terror attack but that has only strengthened his resolve to don the olive greens to serve the nation and avenge the killing. Besides Vansh(10), 42-year-old Ravi Paul is survived by his wife Geeta Rani and another son Sudansheesh (7) and 80-year-old mother.
Father Karnail Singh's death made his son also decide to be a soldier one day and serve the nation. Singh's mortal remains reached Shibu Chak village Monday afternoon. Surrounded by villagers and amid slogans of Bharat Mata Ki Jai, he was cremated with military honours. The only wage earner of his family, Subedar Karnail Singh is survived by mother Ratno Devi (80), wife Geeta Devi (40), and three sons -- Anmol, Arun and Shivam. While Arun is in Class XI, Shivam is in Class II.
For several years together, Merla Village in Jharkhand have had men who have joined the army. On Monday, Merla awaited the arrival of their first martyr from the village, Sepoy Javra Munda. This 35-year-old braveheart was posted in Kashmir for 3 years and was expecting a transfer. The villagers are planning to set up a memorial at the spot where he is buried. Looking up to his brother, Daud Munda (Javra's brother) has also planned to join the army post the completion of his studies. Salmi Dhanwar, Javra's mother, told villagers, "It is sad I have lost my son but I am also proud he given his life for the country."
Rawat is survived by wife Rodi Devi, daughters Asha (15), Deepa (13), Nisha (10), Payal (7) and son Chandan (5). Of the four Rawat brothers, Rawat was the only one with a job. The entire family is traumatized with his death and the survival and education of his kids pose a big question now.
Mathura Yadav, 68, the distraught father is grieving yet is proud, "My son is the only person in the family who became a soldier. He always spoke of the value of education and wanted his daughters to do well in studies". The deceased Naik has left behind 3 daughters and a son who live with their mother in Gaya. He had promised his father that he would return during Dussehra to renovate their ancestral house.
Lance Naik Rajesh Kumar Yadav, who is survived by his ailing mother and a pregnant wife, were the last ones to know about his death during the horrific Uri attacks. Apart from Vikesh, Rajesh had two other brothers, Bhagwan and Rakesh. He is also survived by two daughters, Radhika, 8, and Preeti, 2. He has been serving the Indian Army since past 18 years and had returned to Kashmir 20 days back after a 2-month visit to his home.
The 23-year-old young soul sacrificed his life for the nation and the village was preparing itself to receive Sepoy Gangadhar Dalui body. Inside a muddy hut waited his wailing mother Shikha Dalui who was traumatised by the news of her son's death in the Uri attack. Gangadhar got into the Army while he was still in his college first year and hence became the sole breadwinner. This young man gave up meat for he had heard stories about the cruelties done to animals.
"I will never let any member from my family join the Army again. No money can compensate this loss. Can money bring my brother back?" wails 20-year-old Bulti Ghorai, sister of Sepoy Biswajit Ghorai. His inspirations were his two cousins who had joined the Indian Army. The Ghorais mortgaged their land to sponsor Biswajit's education and as soon as he got a confirmation call from the Indian Army, they thought their financial troubles will be put to an end soon. Bulti received a call about her brother's death on the same cellphone which was gifted to her by him.
Jagnarain, the blind father who lost his second son Havildar Ashok Kumar Singh on Sunday says, "I still have some strength left in me to fight Pakistan alongside the Indian Army to avenge my son's death. The way terrorists slayed our soldiers, we should do the same". Jagnarain's eldest son, Kamta Singh, a 23-year-old sepoy in the Indian Army, had died in a bomb blast in Bikaner. The Singh family has many men in the Indian Army, including the deceased soldier's eldest son, grandfather, two of his uncles and two of his nephews.
At 26, Sepoy Harinder Yadav supported a family that included his wife, two sons, parents, four elder and a younger brothers and their families. He was the only one with a government job. Harinder had joined the Army in 2007 and got married in 2011. He is survived by two sons, Rohit, 4, and Raj, 2. Harinder had been trying to get him recruited in the Army and he had appeared for physical tests four times.
Purad Nerad in Wani tehsil of Yavatmal district is mourning the death of Vikas Janardhan Kulmethe,who died in hospital Monday of injuries sustained in Sunday's terror attack in Uri. Vikas, who joined the Army in 2008 and was transferred to the camp at Uri six months ago. He had got married two years ago.
Sepoy Rajesh Kumar Singh's brother, Umendra, had been awaiting his call from his new posting in Kashmir. Instead, what reached him was the news of Rajesh's death. Rajesh is survived his his wife, Julie, who lives at the family's ancestral home in the village with his elderly parents. His son, Rishant, 10, lives with her maternal uncle in Varanasi. His father is a heart patient who hasn't been able to speak a word since he heard the news of his son death.
He had served in Bihar and West Bengal and was also part of a force sent to Bhutan. He was deployed to Jammu and Kashmir two-and-a-half months ago. Sandip was the youngest of four siblings, including two married sisters.
Chandrakant's four-year-old son plays in the open yard in front of the house, filled with villagers who have come to console the family. His younger son Jay sleeps in his mother Nisha's lap. Nisha, 23, has not been in a condition to speak since she heard the news of the deceased husband.
The sole earning member of the family, Sepoy Ganesh Shankar is survived by his wife Gudia Yadav and children Amrita, 9, Ankit, 7, and Khushi, 4. His sister's marriage was fixed and the family members told him that the dates will be fixed when he visits home in October. The news was broken to the family by the villagers while they were all sitting together and discussing about the marriage preparations of his younger sister Indrawati.
Inconsolable, the mother recounted how Vikas would deposit Rs 10,000 every month without fail to help out the family. Vikas, who visited us just a month back, had promised that he and his brother would get married in the same pandal and that he would select a bride for himself soon.
Rakesh joined the Army in 2008, the only one in his family, and one of five persons among the 15,000 residents of Badhdha village. It is said that since he was a young kid, he would run miles wearing his school uniform, and go on and on about how he wants to serve the nation. His family has gone on records saying that they will not eat a morsel till they hear from the centre about any strong action against "the enemy".