Gyanendra Singh, Sudhakar's cousin, did not hide the family's dejection when he said: "We were expecting that the government might honour both the soldiers who sacrificed their lives on the border, but nothing of that sort happened. We are not complaining but we expect the government to remember the sacrifice and honour them on January 26 or August 15."
Singh said they are still hopeful that the army would realise their worth, and honour them subsequently.
However, the lance naik's father expressed satisfaction after army chief General Bikram Singh visited their home.
The programme was organised by Apna Samuh Tiranga Abhiyan Sanstha, which presented a cheque of R51,000 each to the lance naik's father and Rukhsana Kausar, a girl who shot dead a notorious LeT commander in Kashmir.