LANCE NAIK RAJESH KUMAR YADAV, 35
DUBARDHA VILLAGE, BALLIA (UP)
The last ones in Ballia’s Dubardha village to get to know about Lance Naik Rajesh Kumar Yadav’s death in the Uri terror attack were his wife Parvati Devi, who is eight months pregnant, and his ailing mother Simariya Devi, who is a heart patient.
The villagers, along with other family of Rajesh, pulled out all stops to avoid breaking the news to the two women.
“We erected barricades on the road leading to our house to ensure that no mediaperson or any relative could reach our house and talk about Rajesh’s death to my mother and his wife. We stopped everyone from visiting our house. But, some journalists managed to reach our home from the other side of the road and told about the death to Rajesh’s wife, Parvati, late in the afternoon,” said Rajesh’s youngest brother, Vikesh Yadav, who is a farmer.
He added that the family has “requested the district administration to arrange a doctor for emergency”.
Apart from Vikesh, Rajesh had two other brothers, Bhagwan and Rakesh. He is also survived by two daughters, Radhika, 8, and Preeti, 2.
Rajesh, who was posted in J&K for the last two years, had joined the Army 18 years ago. He had returned to Kashmir 20 days back after a two- month visit home.
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“Four days ago, he called up and informed that he is being sent to Uri,” added Vikesh. Bittu Mishra, husband of village pradhan Madhubala Mishra, said: “The family has just three bighas land for farming. So, the entire family was dependent on Rajesh.”