Alok Kumar,Lt Cdr
Alok Kumar,32,of Kanpur,always keen on joining the forces,studied at Sainik School and passed out of the National Defence Academy in 2004. Married to Vineeta four years ago,he has had frequent visits from his parents and siblings in the two years since he was posted on the Sindhurakshak. They are now back in the Mumbai flat provided by the Navy,waiting for confirmation of their fears. There has been no final word about my younger brother yet, says Deep Sahu,32,who has arrived along with their parents Raj Kishori and P L Sahu,a retired railway clerk,while a younger sister has arrived from Chennai. Nothing is acceptable, says Deep,who works with a bank. Yet one has to accept it.
Haldar,22,of Durgapur in West Bengal dropped out of an engineering college two years ago to join the Navy,hoping this would make it easier for his younger brother,Abhishek,to complete his education. He trained at Chilika,went home on leave in July,boarded the submarine last week,and called two days ago to say he was going undersea and would be out of touch. We have seen some bodies charred recovered from the submarine. Even if my son was there,we couldnt have identified him. This is not how we want to remember him. We want to remember him the way we saw him last month,when he came home on leave, says Mrinal Haldar,who works with Durgapur Project Limited. Malays mother,Sujata Haldar,has fainted several times since she got the news.