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Farm worker’s son,first from village to join army

After his son was killed in a militant attack,M Niranjan says he has nobody to take care of him and his family.

After his son was killed in a militant attack,M Niranjan says he has nobody to take care of him and his family. The farm labourer lost his son — the only person from his village to have joined the Army and got a decent job in the family. M Yadaiah,a signalman with 35 Rashtriya Rifles,was killed in the militant attack in Srinagar on June 24.

“We received a call early on Tuesday about his demise. We are old now and had become dependent on him to take care of us. Now,who will take care of his wife,two small children,and two old people?’’ M Niranjan asked.

Belonging to an extremely poor and socially backward family in Kondareddipalli village in Mahbubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh,Yadaiah was barely able to finish his Class XII. After joining the Army in 2003,he was posted in Assam for a few years before being sent to Jammu and Kashmir. He is survived by his father,mother and wife Suman — who work as agricultural labourers — and two daughters aged one and three. The 28-year-old soldier had called home in the evening on June 23 — a day before he died.

The last rites of the soldier were performed with full military honors Thursday morning,when his body was flown in to Hyderabad airport. A ceremonial guard of honour and wreath-laying ceremony was held at the airport. Hundreds of villagers were present to receive Yadaiah’s body. As soon as the tri-colour laden coffin was brought in,Yadaiah’s relatives and friends broke down.

Lt Gen S M Mehta,Commandant MCEME,Secunderabad commanded the ceremony. Senior officers of Army,Air Force and Navy including Major General Cyrus A Pithawalla,GoC Andhra Sub-Area and other senior officers joined the wreath-laying ceremony.