SEPOY RAJESH KUMAR SINGH, 33
BHAKURA VILLAGE, JAUNPUR (UP)
Sepoy Rajesh Kumar Singh’s brother, Umendra, had been awaiting his call from his new posting in Kashmir. Instead, what reached him was the news of Rajesh’s death. “He had gone about 20 days ago. We were not able to talk to him ever since then. And after all this wait, we got this news that he had been killed,” said Umendra, Rajesh’s brother. “I had spoken to him about one-and-a-half months ago and he asked about my family.”
Rajesh joined the Army about 12 years ago. Hailing from Jaunpur’s Bhakura village, he was the youngest of three brothers.
“Our family does not own much land. That is why my brother and I came to Lucknow for work, and Rajesh joined the Army. He used to be worried because his wife lived in the village, while his son was living in Varanasi. My father is a heart patient and he has not been able to say anything since he heard the news,” said Umendra.
Rajesh is survived his his wife, Julie, who lives at the family’s ancestral home in the village with his elderly parents. His son, Rishant, 10, lives with her maternal uncle in Varanasi.
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“We don’t know how we can recover from this. How we will be able to support his wife and son. Each of us had less than one bigha as our share in the land,” said Umendra.
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