Only a month ago, inspector Subhash Chander Dalal, 52, one of the 11 CRPF personnel killed in a Maoist blast in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday, had relocated his family-wife and two sons - from Chennai to his native village Naguran, as he was on the verge of retirement.
Subhash, son of a former CRPF personnel and ex-sarpanch of the village, who was the eldest among siblings (after his elder brother died), had visited Naguran,12 km from Jind, in December last year and solemnised the engagement of his sons as he intended to marry them off around Diwali this year.
His elder son Viraj Dalal, 25, an MBA who worked in Chennai, said, "I also took a transfer to Jind in keeping with the plans of our family to shift to the state as my father was to retire in four years."
Viraj works with a Chennai-based private company that manufactures computer parts, while his younger brother Deepak is pursuing his final year of hotel management from there.
Viraj said, "I last spoke to my father on Monday night. He was concerned about my career and other things."
Sajjan Singh, 44, younger brother of the deceased, who is a farmer, said, "Subhash was health conscious and used to play kabaddi and wrestling in the village, which helped him join the CRPF in 1981. He was a level-headed fun-loving man who was rooted to his village even after spending so many years in the force."
He said they didn't have the heart to break the news to Subhash's wife Birmati and their father Maman Singh, who is a heart patient. "We will do this only when we receive the body," he said.
Viraj said that even after 24 hours of the incident, neither the district administration nor the CRPF had sounded them. He came to know of the incident from a news website on Tuesday night. He found his father's name in the list of the deceased, which was confirmed when he contacted his brother in Chennai. Deepak was on his way to the village, he said.
Viraj said his father intended to get a peaceful posting near Haryana. Also, their ancestral house was being renovated in view of their marriage, he added.