Jharkhand BSF officer killed in Srinagar was to come home next month
Border Security Force officer Brij Kishore Yadav, who was killed on Tuesday when militants tried to storm a paramilitary base close to Srinagar airport, was to come home on leave on November 17, his family said.
The 50-year-old BSF officer, survived by his wife and three children, is the latest in a long list of soldiers from the mineral-rich state to have died fighting militants in Jammu and Kashmir.
The assistant sub-inspector, who was from Jharkhand’s Sahebganj, had spoken to the family a few hours before militants struck the high-security area at around 4.15am.
He said his leave had been sanctioned and he would be home on November 17, his daughter Sushma Kumari said.
“He sounded happy and was excited. Not in our wildest dreams did we think that it was the last conversation we would have with him,” said the 18-year-old, struggling to fight tears.
Her mother, Ripi Devi, was in shock and flitting in and out of consciousness as neighbours and relatives gathered at their home to offer condolences.
The news of Yadav’s death was broken to the family, which lives in a neighbourhood along the banks of the Ganga in Sahebganj town, by his elder brother Raj Kishore.
Kishore is with the Central Reserve Police Force and is posted in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer.
Sushma said her father was posted in the border state for seven years and visited them last in March.
Her elder sister, Sandhya Kumari, is married while their older brother, Abhisekh Kishore, is a student of engineering in Bengaluru.
The family originally hails from Bihar’s Bhagalpur district but Yadav, the third among eight siblings, moved to Sahebganj few years ago.
Senior officials from the police and local administration visited the family on Tuesday evening, assuring it of all possible support.
Last year, at least four jawans from Jharkhand died fighting militants in Jammu and Kashmir.