He was my closest son, says Jamwal’s father
After spending a lifetime in the army, Major General (Retired) J.S. Jamwal knows how to deal with the death of officers. It isn’t quite the same, though, when the officer is your eldest son.
On Wednesday, the retired officer tried to hide his emotions when he learnt about the death of Rear Admiral S.S. Jamwal, one of the Navy’s seniormost officers, in what the navy described as an accident and the Kerala police a suicide.
“Just the other day, my grandson (S.S. Jamwal’s son) came to me and asked who was closest to me among all my children. I replied that his father was,” the general said. “Every moment spent with him was very memorable for me.”
The chief of staff of the southern naval command was killed in an accident at the firing range of INS Dronacharya, near the southern naval base in Kerala’s Kochi city on Wednesday.
The junior Jamwal used to enquire about his father’s health every day.
“Yesterday (Tuesday) also, I received a call from him. I asked him about his health. But in reply he said he was fine and was more concerned about my health,” the father said.
He received news of the death from his niece. “Mamu (uncle), you need to be brave today,” the niece told him.
But Jamwal is yet to receive a call from the armed forces. “I am not in the army anymore. They must have informed his wife in Delhi,” he said.