He laid down his life fighting terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Naugam Sector on September 20 but Havildar Madan Lal’s 80-year-old mother did not let the pain she was going through during his funeral appear on her face because she was the mother of a martyr.
Martyr Madan Lal was leading the operation against the armed terrorists in the Sector just days after the Uri terror attack which had left 18 soldiers martyred. The brave Madan Lal of 20 Dogra and his brothers in arms battled terrorists who were trying to enter India at the LoC. The infiltration bid was foiled and the terrorists killed.
At his funeral in his hometown of Gharota in Punjab, Madan Lal’s mother, Dharmo Devi, was one of the pall bearers.
She insisted on carrying the coffin of her son all the way to the funeral ground despite her age.
When asked why, she told reporters at the funeral that the shoulders of Indian mothers whose sons sacrifice themselves for the country are strong enough to lift the body of their sons.
But Madan Lal’s wife, Bhavana Sharma, was inconsolable when his body had arrived draped in the tricolour from Srinagar.
When Madan Lal’s two-and-half-year-old son, Kannav, lit the funeral pyre all eyes were moist.
Struck by the sudden loss of her father, Madan Lal’s five-year-old daughter Shweta’s was a picture of grief.
Amid chants of Bharat Mata Ki Jai by thousands of mourners and gun salute by soldiers of 2 Dogra, Madan Lal was laid to rest.