Among the three jawans of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF),who were killed in an encounter with Naxals in Narayanpur district on Tuesday,two belonged to Uttar Pradesh.
While Constable Mahendra Singh was a native of Auraiya district,Constable Manoj Kumar Singh hailed from Agra. Their bodies were to reach their native places late in the night.
Ram Ratan,a daily wage labourer,is proud of his younger brother Manoj. He was first in the family to land a regular job. Manoj was regularly in touch with the family and used to call us on alternate days. We spoke to him last time on Sunday,and he had promised to come home for Diwali.
Manoj,a native of Samre Mau village under Kherarathaur police circle in Agra,had joined the Chhattisgarh Police and later moved to CAF after undergoing a special training,said Ram Ratan.
He used to tell us about Naxalite movement.
But he never gave a hint that they can kill policemen also, Ram Ratan said,adding the family got to know about the death Tuesday evening from Manojs colleagues in the CAF.
Manoj is survived by his wife Santosh Devi and two children,elder being five
The other jawan,Mahendra Singh,was a resident of Panhar village in Auraiya. Mahendras cousin Raju said he joined the force in 2010 after completing graduation. The family came to know about his death Tuesday from senior CAF officials.
Mahendra was very happy after he joined CAF and used to tell us how his unit operated in the field. Our family was proud of him, said Raju.
Mahendra is survived by his wife and a five-month-old baby. He last came home around two months ago,said family members.