Kiran Kushwaha, wife of martyr Rakesh Singh of Nuwan village in Kaimur district (Bihar) is inconsolable. Her husband, and 17 other soldiers, have laid down their lives in a cowardly terrorist attack at army’s 12th Brigade headquarters in Uri in North Kashmir, by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad.
Coming down heavily on Pakistan, she said the neighbouring country is regularly killing Indian soldiers, and questioned for how long it will go on. “If this time India does not take action Pakistan then she will not send her son into Indian Army,” she added.
During vacation in May, Rakesh Singh, 28, had taken his wife Kiran and their son Harshit, to Assam and posed with them outside Kamakhya temple. Now, the only thing that remains is his memories.
Rakesh’s father Harihar Singh, and mother Rajkawal Devi, are finding it hard to come to terms with their son’s death.
The slain soldier’s brother Bajrangi Singh has promised not to “eat a morsel” till he hears from the Centre about any strong action against the perpetrators of the heinous act.
Rakesh joined the Army in 2008, the only one in his family, and one of five persons among the 15,000 residents of Badhdha village.
The bodies of sepoy Rakesh Kumar Singh, Havildar Ashok Kumar Singh, and Naik Sunil Kumar Vidarthi, three martyrs from Bihar who laid their lives in the dastardly terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir, have been cremated with full state honours.
The inconsolable family members of the deceased soldiers are demanding a direct action and revenge from Pakistan.