In one of the deadliest attacks on CRPF, Naxals ambushed a convoy of the elite COBRA commandoes. Ten COBRA commandoes attained martyrdom in improvised explosive device blast in Sondaha, Aurangabad district of Bihar.
In an encounter that lasted for eight hours well into the night, four naxals were killed too.
Manoj was the eldest of four siblings. The son of a farmer, Manoj found his calling in the elite counter-Naxal force.
Manoj Chere. Bhaskar
After doing his graduation from Barkatulla University in Bhopal, Manoj joined CRPF in 2009 and was attached to the 205 COBRA Aurangabad battalion.
His father, Ramdayal, is a very old man who tills the family’s five acre land in the village. Helping Ramdayal is Manoj’s younger brother Sanjay.
On June 26, Manoj left to answer the call of duty after spending some precious (and rare in their lives) family time at his village.
Manoj spending some rare time with other CRPF men. Bhaskar
The news of his death has left the family in a shock. Manoj’s mother is particularly distraught. But being the parents and siblings of a martyr, the entire family is proud of Manoj.
Manoj’s body will be flown to Baitul in a helicopter.