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‘Study for exams’: Soldier killed in Pakistan firing told his son Sunday morning

Havaldar Roshal Lal was among the four army soldiers killed in firing by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.

india Updated: Feb 05, 2018 17:42 IST
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Hindustan Times, Jammu
Line of Control‬,‪Indian Army‬,LoC
Four army personnel were killed in Pakistani firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Tarkundi and Sunderbani areas of Rajouri , Jammu and Kashmir, on Sunday. Lal is the last (clockwise) in this combo photograph of the soldiers killed.

“Study seriously for exams”. Havildar Roshan Lal, one of the four Indian Army soldiers killed in Pakistan shelling in Rajouri district on Sunday night, gave this advice to his son when they spoke in the morning.

Lal, 42, hailed from Nichla village in Ghagwal tehsil of Samba district in Jammu. As his family mourns his death and people console them, there was anger and talk of settling scores.

“He died in a proxy war,” said Darshan Kumar about his older brother Lal as mourners gathered at the family home in Nichla. “Let’s settle it once and for all,” said Kumar, who works with the paramilitary Central Industrial Security Force and believes his brother would have inflicted heavy damage on the Pakistani side in a regular war.

Lal, who joined the army in 1995, is survived by his father, Des Raj, wife Asha Devi and two children.

“My father talked to me [over phone] on Sunday morning and asked both of us to study seriously for the final exams,” said Abhinandan, a Class 10 student at the Army School in Samba. His sister, Artika, is in Class 8.

Captain Kapil Kundu who killed along was Lal, was six days short of his 23rd birthday, an army official said.

Kundu, who hailed from Ransika village of Gurgaon district, would have turned 23 on February 10.

The other two soldiers killed in Pakistan action were identified as riflemen Ram Avtar and Shubam Singh.

Last few weeks have seen bloody skirmishes along the international border as well as the line of control, the de facto frontier, between India and Pakistan.

Nineteen people, including 12 security personnel, have been killed this year. Heavy shelling has also forced villagers living along the border to move to safer places and schools have been shut in many areas.

First Published: Feb 05, 2018 11:42 IST