In Garhshankar town of Hoshiarpur district, Narita Thakur waits with bated breath for news of her 19-year-old son who was on board the Indian Air Force (IAF) plane that had gone missing over the Arabian Sea on its way to Port Blair on Friday.
Navjot Thakur joined the IAF last August and had completed his training just three months ago from Port Blair. Search operations for the missing plane was expanded recently to cover a wide area.
“He was so happy when he came on leave in June this year and celebrated his birthday with us. He was excited about his job and posting in Port Blare but was a little sad at the time of leaving on July 1,” said his cousin Diksha while talking to The Indian Express, adding that he was quite concerned about his mother.
Navjot’s father had left his family when he was an infant.
“He is my world and I trust that God will save him for me,” said mother, who was offering prayers to several gods and goddesses at her home. “I know that miracles happen and here too it will happen.”