Uri terror attack: In Bihar, blind father loses his second son

This is not the first such tragedy to hit the Singh family — in 1986, Jagnarain’s eldest son, Kamta Singh, a 23-year-old sepoy in the Indian Army, had died in a bomb blast in Bikaner.

Written by Santosh Singh | Raktu Tola (bhojpur) | Updated: September 20, 2016 12:17 pm
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Jagnarain Singh, 78, has been blind for the last 20 years. But now more than ever, he wishes he could see again. “I still have some strength left in me to fight Pakistan alongside the Indian Army to avenge my son’s death. The way terrorists slayed our soldiers, we should do the same,” said Jagnarain, father of Havildar Ashok Kumar Singh (44), who died in Sunday’s attack.

This is not the first such tragedy to hit the Singh family — in 1986, Jagnarain’s eldest son, Kamta Singh, a 23-year-old sepoy in the Indian Army, had died in a bomb blast in Bikaner.

The Singh family has sent many men to serve the country. Ashok’s eldest son, Vikas Singh, joined recently and is posted as a sepoy at the Danapur Cantonment. Ashok’s grandfather, Rajgrih Singh, and his two uncles, Shyam Narayan Singh and Ramvilas Singh, also served in the Army. Two of his nephews are in the Army as well.

But at the moment, anger runs deep in the household. Blaming the Centre for not doing enough to tackle terrorism, Jagnarain said, “This is the same government that talked of cutting the 10 heads of enemies to avenge the beheading of five Indian soldiers.”

The family was informed of Ashok’s death on Monday morning. Ever since news broke that many of those killed were from the Bihar Regiment, the family had been trying to contact him.

“He had just joined Uri after his battalion moved from Binnaguri (West Bengal). He had come home from July 14-29,” said Surendra Singh, a relative.

Ashok had left his wife Sangeeta at their village in Bihar, promising to take her with him once he got accommodation at his new posting. Ashok’s youngest son, Vishal, is studying in a college in Ara. The Singh family owns a total of three bighas of land.

As villagers and government officials gathered at their single-storey pucca house, Ashok’s wife Sangeeta and mother Rajmunna Devi were inconsolable.

Sangeeta said she had spoken to Ashok three days ago, and he seemed excited at the new challenging posting.

Jitendra Singh, a villager, said, “Ashok joined the Army in 1992 and had decided to settle in the village after his retirement. He would always encourage youths to join the Army.”

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  1. S
    Sep 20, 2016 at 3:30 am
    Lets see which govt. will announce the compensation to this family. Tons of money has been offered where the politicians sees a vote bank opportunity. Want to see who cares for the country.lt;br/gt;Shame on those who don't take care of this sacrifice.
  2. S
    Sep 20, 2016 at 2:14 am
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  3. J
    Sep 20, 2016 at 1:33 am
  4. P
    Sep 20, 2016 at 4:47 am
    .lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;INDIA IS ETERNALLY GRATEFUL lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;TO MR. SINGH and HIS FAMILY!!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;.
  5. P
    Sep 20, 2016 at 3:28 am
    Hats off to such family who put there generation after generations to serve nation.lt;br/gt;Such family should be given special privilege These people are VIPS of our nation but ironically they are not and never comes in limelight . So sad and Painful
  6. J
    Jai Hind
    Sep 20, 2016 at 3:59 am
    I feel very ashamed why Indian media says “… ISI, stani backed terrorists attacked India, please understand and only say that stan attacked India and now India reserves the right to hit back stan”lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;In 1971 we disintegrated stan 50/50 and now stan half is challenging India, India must use Baluchistan card, only chopping stan of ultimate treatment of Indian chronic disease. India is 4 time double from stan in military power. stan internal war and pro-Indian Afghanistan gives an immense favor to India.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Muhammad Jameel
  7. S
    Sep 20, 2016 at 7:37 pm
    Govt whether led by Congress or BJP have failed to stop menace from stan. Both groups while in opposition to display their patriotism damage Indian property on Indian streets, further damaging India instead of stan. Dialogues with stan have not helped since independence. International isolation of stan is temporary relief. Our leaders are either confused, coward or corrupt. Govt have limitations. This problem can be solved in hian way by "NA KHADAG BINA DHAL" with no or less damage to human life. Congress with once in a lifetime opportunity must let present day dynamic young Rahul hi start without fanfare in surprise move start STAN BHARO ANDOLAN and swarm all over stan by whatever route with 38 cores of Congress party workers as potion of stan is about 19 crores. Let atleast 2 Indians be with each and every stani at same time in hand to hand physical contact to overwhelm them with love and brotherhood, and replace their hatred for India with love. Then return with lifetime friends for mutual peace and development. Terrorism will stop from stan once and for all. India will realise who really cares for India.
  8. S
    Sep 20, 2016 at 1:27 am
    What to lalu parsadh he wants his son to be chief minister of Bihar. What to Badal he also want his son should be chief minister of Punjab.same with mulayam singh yadhav his son is already Chief minister of UP now he wants to become PM himself. None of these crooked politicians want to send their sons in Army. Let the poor die defending the country for these arascals to enjoy.
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