For 61-year-old Sewali Das of Ghogapara village near here,who sells tea in a roadside stall and also works as a domestic help during the harvest season,it is like the end of her own life itself her youngest son Prabin Das,24,was among the eight Army jawans killed by militants in Srinagar on Monday.
What did God write on my forehead? she cried,holding a photograph of her son,as Army personnel and villagers waited for the body to arrive on Thursday.
Prabin had left for Srinagar just last week,after having spent over a month at home. He promised to return next year, said Rimi Das,his sister-in-law. He asked my son to study hard so that he could become an officer, she added.
Prabin lost his father when he was five years old. His brothers are school dropouts,but his mother worked hard to ensure Prabin finished school, said Nabin Brahma,a neighbour. The family mortgaged their five-bigha plot of farm land for Rs 50,000 three years ago,Prabin had promised to get back the land next year.