IN MEMORY OF

Protest ral­lies were taken out and can­dles lit as In­dia paid re­spects to the 20 In­dian Army brave­hearts killed in a face-off with China along the dis­puted bor­der in Ladakh. Some of them had planned cel­e­bra­tions upon their re­turn; some of them had joined t

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - SPOTLIGHT -

HAVALDAR SUNIL KU­MAR, 34,

Patna, Bi­har

Sunil Ku­mar, a res­i­dent of Tarana­gar-Sikaria vil­lage in Patna, joined the army in 2002. “He called his wife on June 6 and said the sit­u­a­tion was un­der con­trol in Ladakh,” his brother said. He is sur­vived by his wife Preeti Devi and three chil­dren.

SEPOY KUNDAN KU­MAR OJHA, 32,

Sahib­ganj, Jhark­hand

Ohja, a res­i­dent of Di­hari vil­lage in Sahib­ganj, joined the army in 2011. He is sur­vived by his wife, Namita, and a 17-day-old daugh­ter. “He promised that once ten­sion along In­dia-China bor­der eases, he would come to see Dik­sha,” Mukesh, Kundan’s brother, said.

SEPOY CHANDAN KU­MAR, 24,

Bho­jpur, Bi­har

Sepoy Chandan Ku­mar joined the army in 2018 at gen­eral duty (GD) post. His three younger broth­ers are also in the de­fence ser­vices. Chandan’s fa­ther, Hridyanand Singh, a farmer, said Chandan was sup­posed to get mar­ried next year.

SEPOY CHANDRAKAN­TA PRADHAN, 28,

Kan­damal, Odisha

Pradhan got his post­ing in Ladakh in Fe­bru­ary. “He was cry­ing over phone and asked for for­give­ness if he had ever hurt me. He asked me to look af­ter my fam­ily ..(he) said a war may start,” said Sand­ha­yarani, his sis­ter. They had last spo­ken on June 1.

SEPOY KUNDAN KU­MAR, 27,

Sa­harsa, Bi­har

Ku­mar was a res­i­dent of Aran in Sa­harsa district of Bi­har. He had joined the Army in 2012. His fa­ther, Ni­min­der Yadav, said “I ap­peal to ev­ery In­dian to join the Army to pro­tect ev­ery inch of In­dian Ter­ri­tory,” he said. He is sur­vived by his wife Baby Devi.

NAIB SUBEDAR NUDURAM SOREN, 43,

Mayurb­hanj, Odisha

Nuduram Soren, a San­thali tribal hail­ing from Cham­pauda vil­lage, joined the army in 1997. His wife and three daugh­ters have not been in­formed about his death, his younger brother, Da­man, said. “I don’t think she (his wife) can bear the loss,” he said.

SEPOY AMAN KU­MAR, 27,

Sa­mas­tipur, Bi­har

Aman was a res­i­dent of Sul­tan­pur vil­lage of Sa­mas­tipur district. His fa­ther, Sud­hir Ku­mar Singh, said, “He had called a few days ago and in­quired about our well-be­ing. We are proud of his sac­ri­fice,” he said. Aman is sur­vived by his wife, Mintu.

COLONEL B SAN­TOSH BABU, 37,

Hy­der­abad, Te­lan­gana

Mor­tal re­mains of Colonel Bikku­malla San­tosh Babu were flown to Hy­der­abad on Wed­nes­day. He is sur­vived by his wife, San­toshi, two chil­dren, and his par­ents, B Upen­der and Man­jula. “He told me he might get re­lieved in Septem­ber once pan­demic sub­sides,” Upen­der said.

SEPOY JAI KISHORE SINGH, 22,

Vaishali, Bi­har

Jai Kishore Singh of Chak­fateh vil­lage in Vaishali joined the Army in 2018. Be­fore leav­ing for the bor­der in March, Jai told his fam­ily that he will not be able to con­tact them due to poor net­work con­nec­tiv­ity, his rel­a­tives said.

HAVALDAR K PALANI, 40,

Madu­rai, Tamil Nadu

The last call that Palani made to his wife, Vanathi Devi, was on June 3. That was his 40th birth­day. He was set to re­tire next year af­ter 22 years. He dropped out of col­lege at 18 and joined the army to sup­port his fam­ily. He is sur­vived by his two chil­dren, par­ents and two sib­lings.

NAIB SUBEDAR SATNAM SINGH, 42,

Gur­daspur, Pun­jab

Satnam Singh is sur­vived by his par­ents, wife Jaswinder Kaur (40) and two chil­dren. “I will take re­venge for my brother’s mar­tyr­dom...,” said his brother, Subedar Sukhchain Singh (40), who is cur­rently posted in Hy­der­abad.

HAVALDAR BIPUL ROY, 36,

Meerut, Ut­tar Pradesh

Roy was a na­tive of Bhat­i­bare vil­lage of Jal­paig­uri district in north Ben­gal but moved to Meerut city a few years ago. He was posted in Ladakh about a month ago. “He came home in De­cem­ber 2019 and that was when we last met. I am proud of him,” said Bipul’s cousin, Ra­jib Roy.

NAIB SUBEDAR MANDEEP SINGH, 49,

Pa­tiala, Pun­jab

Mandeep Singh joined duty about 20 days ago af­ter a two-month leave. “We lost ev­ery­thing,” said his mother. Singh is sur­vived by his 70-year-old mother Shakun­tala Devi, wife Gur­deep Kaur (37), daugh­ter Me­hakpreet Kaur and son Joban­preet.

LANCE NAIK DEEPAK KU­MAR

Rewa, Mad­hya Pradesh

Deepak Ku­mar was a res­i­dent of Faranda vil­lage near Bhopal. He is sur­vived by his wife, fa­ther, grand­mother and brother. Deepak promised to re­turn once the lock­down was lifted, his fam­ily said. “I didn’t know he would never come back,” said Deepak’s grand­mother.

SEPOY GURBINDER SINGH, 22,

San­grur, Pun­jab

Gurbinder Singh joined the army in 2018 af­ter pass­ing out from school. “We were plan­ning his mar­riage on his next leave ex­pected in the next two months,” said his el­der brother Gur­preet Singh. He is sur­vived by his par­ents and two sib­lings.

SEPOY RAJESH ORANG, 26,

Birb­hum, West Ben­gal

Rajesh joined the army in 2015, and was the sole earner in his fam­ily. He is sur­vived by his fa­ther, mother and two sis­ters. “I am proud of my son. My only re­quest to the In­dian Army is that they should give a be­fit­ting re­ply to China and avenge the killing of In­dian sol­diers,” said his fa­ther.

SEPOY GURTEJ SINGH, 23,

Mansa, Pun­jab

Gurtej Singh had planned a grand party upon his re­turn to his vil­lage to cel­e­brate his el­der brother Gur­preet Singh’s wed­ding, which took place on Mon­day. As cel­e­bra­tions were on, Gur­preet got a call from of­fi­cials in­form­ing about Gurtej’s death.

SEPOY GANESH RAM, 27,

Kanker, Ch­hat­tis­garh

Ganesh joined the Army in 2011 and was ex­pect­ing a new post­ing, said his un­cle, Ti­haru Ram Kun­jam. He is sur­vived by his par­ents and two sis­ters. “In Jan­uary, his par­ents fixed his mar­riage …He was go­ing to be mar­ried on his next visit,” said Surya Neven­dra, Ganesh’s friend.

SEPOY GANESH HANDSA, 22,

West Singhb­hum, J’khand

Handsa was the sole bread­earner of his fam­ily of daily wa­gers, who worked in fields and took up MGNREGA work to en­sure that Handsa re­ceived ed­u­ca­tion. “We don’t know how this dark­ness will be cleared,” said his el­der brother Di­nesh Handsa.

SEPOY ANKUSH, 21,

Hamir­pur, Hi­machal Pradesh

Ankush, who was re­cruited in the Pun­jab reg­i­ment in 2018, was on his first post­ing to Ladakh. His un­cle, Sunil Ku­mar, said he last vis­ited home about 10 months ago. “He has at­tained mar­tyr­dom serv­ing the na­tion…there is also a grief that he was too young to go,” his fa­ther said.

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