56-year-old father Narendra Nath Tripathi, his wife Meena and their younger son Kartikeya are awaiting the news of his safety, the family’s 25-year-old elder son.
Laxmikant’s mother and younger brother hindustantimes
“I spoke to him last on July 21 night while he was going for dinner. Laxmi Kant said he would be leaving for Port Blair the following morning, and would call after he reached,” his father said.
So far, Laxmikant’s family has called up nearly 850 times to his mobile phone, but it is showing switched off.
Laxmikant joined the Air Force in June 2011. He is the only earning member in his family and few days back came to his hometown for spending holidays.
Defence minister Manohar Parrikar getting brief about the missing IAF plane indianexpress
He was also very popular among the slum kids who knew him as ‘Gift Wale Bahiya.’ In fact, many of them even visited his house to know about his whereabouts.
Meanwhile, the hunt for IAF plane Antonov AN-32 that went missing over the Bay of Bengal continued for the 4th day, with no trace of it being found.
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While sources said satellites have provided some hints, and the areas indicated are being searched, no debris or signals from the aircraft could be spotted.