Major J Suresh Suri, who was killed in a fierce gun-battle with militants in north Kashmir, had planned to celebrate his birthday on October 5 with his wife whom he married last year.
Instead the family is awaiting his body, which will be brought to his native place here.
Suri (30) sacrificed his life fighting militants at Bandipora in north Kashmir yesterday. He was posted there a year ago.
His wife S Pallavi had arrived at the 13 Rashtriya Rifles regimental centre in Manasbal a few days ago to be with him on his birthday.
Suri's mother Girija, a teacher at Central school at Golconda here was inconsolable after the news broke out. A resident of Vani Nagar in Malkajgiri here, she was taken to her daughter's house in nearby locality by the relatives.
His father late Subba Rao also worked in the army.