While the media and the intellectuals in the Left and Right got busy debating the government order of hoisting the tricolour in Central universities, the JNU ‘anti-national’ row and the Jat reservation, a Jat with a degree from JNU died fighting terrorists in Kashmir.
Captain Pawan Kumar, a 23-year-old officer, attained martyrdom when he fell to bullets of terrorists during a gunbattle which is on in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pampore for more than 16 hours.
Three others, including one civilian, were also killed in the encounter following an attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy along the Srinagar-Jammu highway.
Born on Army Day, Captain Kumar of 10 PARA was heading a special forces team that was tasked to flush out three terrorists holed up in the nearby Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) building.
A native of Jind (the district is currently under curfew) in Haryana, Captain Kumar’s group was able to evacuate the area before storming into the building late last night. He succumbed to his injuries.
Captain Kumar was the only son of his parents, but despite the gravity of the loss his father, Rajbir Singh, expressed his pride of being the father to such a son.
“I had one child, I gave him to the Army and to the nation. No father can be prouder,” Singh said.
— ANI (@ANI_news) February 21, 2016
The other two martyrs are driver/constable R.K. Raina and Head Constable Bhola Prasad Singh. Their sacrifice reminds us of the selflessness of the armed forces. Twitterrati pointed that out, too:
— Capt Victor Kilo (@Vishal_01) February 21, 2016
— Poonam Shukla (@MsPoonamShukla) February 21, 2016
Capt Pawan kumar had already been in two successful ops earlier in which three terrorists were killed @NewIndianXpress
— Pradip R. Sagar (@pradiprsagar) February 21, 2016
And as the agitation in Haryana continues without any sign of ebbing, one Twitter user expressed the concern of many:
Capt. Pawan Kumar belongs to Jind in Haryana. I hope his funeral goes off without a hitch in the middle of all the chaos. Least he deserves.
— kaveri (@ikaveri) February 21, 2016
The media is torn between haranguers and those who splash ‘black screens’. The society is busy debating whether it is part of right to freedom of speech to insult the nation.
Our men in the army are busy doing their job and, in the process, losing their lives to keep the flag flying high.
While one of their own has died in the line of duty, other soldiers are busy battling terrorists in the building where around 20 people, including government employees, are still trapped.