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‘A hundred Pakistani soldiers must die’: Kin of two jawans killed in LoC firing cry for vengeance

The bodies of the two soldiers are expected to reach their respective villages on Friday.

india Updated: Jul 13, 2017 23:30 IST
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Hindustan Times, Jammu
Jammu,Ceasefire violation,Pakistan
Martyred lance naik Ranjit Singh’s children – Kajol and Kartik – hold up his photograph at their residence in Burn village. Singh and another soldier, Satish Bhagat, fell victim to enemy snipers along the line of control in Kupwara district on Wednesday. (PTI photo)

A pall of gloom descended on the suburban countryside of Jammu after the news of two soldier deaths on the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara’s Keran sector broke early on Thursday.

At Burn village in Kotbhalwal area, lance naik Ranjit Singh’s wife – Neha Devi – sought nothing short of vengeance. “I am proud of my husband,” she cried, near-hysteric in her grief. “He died for the country but I want justice… I want revenge for my husband’s killing.”

His mother, Veena Devi, expressed a similar sentiment. “Mere iklaute bachche ki jagah unke 100 nikalne chahiye. Mujhe insaaf chahiye (I want 100 Pakistani soldiers killed for the death of my only son. I want justice,” she screamed. “I want nothing from this government, only a bullet for myself. My family has been ruined.”

However, their two children – Kajal and Kartik – harboured nothing beyond a burning aspiration to serve their nation when they grow up. “My father wanted me to become a good human being, probably a police officer. I will fulfill his dream and fight on the side of the law,” said the girl, who is still in Class 5.

Kartik, a Class 4 student, wants to follow in his father’s footsteps and join the Army.

The scene was no different at Gurasinghu village in Shamachak, which lost 20-year-old Satish Bhagat to the sniper fire.

“Three days ago, Satish called us up to say that he was heading to the LoC. He said mobile phones don’t work in that area, but asked us not worry. But we never thought something like this would happen,” said Rashpal, an uncle. He and another relative – Tara Chand – expressed regret over nobody from the government coming to visit Bhagat’s family in their time of grief.

A classmate of the martyred soldier said Bhagat always wanted to join the Army like his father. “But nothing can be done now. It’s time for revenge. India should teach Pakistan a lesson,” he added. The other villagers seemed to be in an equally retributive mood, shouting slogans like ‘Pakistan murdabad’, ‘Satish Bhagat amar rahe’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’.

The young soldier – who leaves behind his father, stepmother, grandmother and two married sisters – had come home on leave a fortnight ago.

The mortal remains of the two soldiers are expected to reach their respective villages on Friday.

First Published: Jul 13, 2017 21:28 IST