Major’s and jawan’s families question security arrangements in army camps

Outside the old ancestral house of the Gosavi family in Pandharpur, his teary-eyed father sits as relatives and friends come to console the family members.

Written by Sushant Kulkarni | Pandharpur | Published:December 1, 2016 5:05 pm
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Father of Major Kunal Gosavi, who was killed in the terrorist attack in Jammu’s Nagrota on Tuesday morning, has raised questions about the security measures at the Army camps. “How can the terrorists reach secured Army camps with so much ammunition?” asked Munnagir Gosavi, father of Major Kunal Gosavi. The 33-year-old officer, who hailed from Pandharpur town in Solapur district of Maharashtra, was among seven men in uniform killed in the attack by militants on the Army camp in Nagrota in Jammu and Kashmir.

Outside the old ancestral house of the Gosavi family in Pandharpur, his teary-eyed father sits as relatives and friends come to console the family members. On the streets of pilgrimage town Pandharpur, hundreds of flex boards paying tributes to the officer have come up.

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“As more and more facts about the terror attack are coming forward, I earnestly feel that it’s time to ask whether the security measures at the Army camp were adequate. How can the terrorists reach secured Army camps with so much ammunition? Specially when it is designated as a camp where families could stay. Too many lives are being lost in these attack. So while we want a decisive action against the enemy, we also want to urge to the government to ensure safety of the army units,” says a distraught Munnagir Gosavi.

Major Kunal’s childhood friend from Pandharpur, Harish Hingmire said, “People here are not just in pain but they are angry too. How long will lives be lost like this?” Major Kunal, had returned to duty on Monday after he had left home on November 26, after a month-long leave. His wife Uma and daughter Umang had also returned to Nagrota with him.

In a similar outpouring of grief and anger in Janapuri village in Loha Tehsil of Nanded district, family of Army jawan Sambhaji Kadam (33), has raised questions over his death too. Speaking to reporters his father Yashwant Kadam, a farmer, said, “We keep seeing news of death of soldiers everyday. I am proud that my son died fighting and if I had a second son I would have sent him to protect the country. But the efforts will be meaningless if soldiers continue to die and terrorists keep attacking.”

The mortal remains of both Major Kunal and soldier Kadam are expected to be flown to Pune on Thursday morning from Delhi where they will brought in from Jammu. An official from Maharashtra State Sainik Welfare Department said, “The bodies will be airlifted from Pune on Thursday morning by helicopters and will be taken to respective villages of two martyrs, where last rites will be performed around Thursday afternoon.”

Last rites of Major Kunal will be performed at Wakahari, a village near Pandharpur town where the family has farms.