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Navy disaster: Alok Sahu's family prays

Haidar Naqvi , Hindustan Times  Kanpur, August 16, 2013
First Published: 20:58 IST(16/8/2013) | Last Updated: 21:01 IST(16/8/2013)

Members of the Kanpur-based Sahu family are praying for a miracle.

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It's been three days since they left the city for Mumbai, hoping to hear about the missing Lt Commander Alok Sahu who is among the 18 Navy men who were on board the submarine INS Sindhurakshak that sank in Mumbai on August 14.

A night before the disaster, Alok had spoken to his wife Vineeta, father PN Sahu and brother Deep. He told them he would join them soon.
Now, his parents, wife and brother are staying at a house given by the Navy.

For them, the only source of information about Alok is an officer the Navy has embedded with the family as a go-between.

"We are giving each other hope and saying he will be reunited with us," said Deep from Mumbai.

"All we know at this point of time is that he is not among the four (bodies) taken out. We are keeping our fingers crossed and praying for a miracle to happen," he added.

Alok's mother Ram Kishori often faints, recollecting her son's last conversation with the family even as Vineeta firmly believes Alok is fine. She is giving strength to others to cope with the crisis.

Meanwhile, the relatives and people are holding special prayers for his safety in Kanpur's Babupurwa family where the family lives and where Alok was born and brought up.

He was very keen on joining the armed forces when he was a teen. His father, a retired railway official, encouraged him to pursue his passion. Alok's diligence paid off as he secured a berth at the Sainik School in Lucknow.

He joined the Navy in 2004 as a commissioned officer. His uncle Mahesh Sahu said Alok was highly disciplined and a patriot of the highest order.

"He wanted himself to be remembered for his patriotism. He used to cancel his leave if his work required his presence. His commitment to the Navy and the country is exemplary," the  uncle recalled.


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