Captain Kunal Gosavi, 28, who died in a gun battle with terrorists in Nagrota Cantonment in Kashmir, had resumed duty two days ago after spending time with his family in Pandharpur in Solapur district of Maharashtra.
Gosavi’s family members said Kunal had come with his wife Uma and five-year-old daughter. He returned to Kashmir on November 26, his family members said.
His parents and two brothers are settled in Pandharpur. His father Munnagiri is a social worker and director of local cooperative bank.
Kunal, the youngest in the family, completed his post-graduation in commerce from Pandharpur and joined the army.
Affectionately called Bablu by the family members, Kunal had always dreamt of joining the army.
The family had a big celebration when Kunal joined the army few years ago.
The family said Kunal was happy during his visit. He went to his ancestral farm and met his relatives in Pandharpur and Vakhari, a few kms away from Pandharpur.
When his family came to know about the gun battle in Nagrota Cantonment, they were anxious. By 12 noon, they got the news about his death.
Residents of Pandharpur gathered outside the Gosavis’ house family. His father said the family was proud of his son’s sacrifice.
The last rites will be conducted at Vakhari village near Pandharpur.
Marathwada’s Nanded district lost Lance naik Sambhaji Yeshvant Kadam in the Nagrota attack. Kadam, 35, is survived by his wife and a daughter. Kadam hails from Janapuri village in Loha tehsil.
Initially, the news was not confirmed, leaving Kadam’s family tense.
After the news was officially communicated to the family, all activities in Janapuri village came to a stop. Kadam’s last rites will be conducted in Janapuri village.