Family mourns CRPF man who was amidst them just last week

The family of CRPF jawan H S Chandra, who was killed in a mine blast by Naxals in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday night, is in a state of shock.

Chandras parents, family members and residents of Haraduru village in Arkalgud taluk cannot believe that the jawan, who was among them last week and had returned to duty three days ago (March 11), is no more.

According to family sources, Chandra had participated in his house-warming ceremony of his brothers, constructed by his parents Swamygowda and Kalamma on March 8.

Chandra had joined the CRPF four years ago. He had married distant relative Prithvi just a year ago. He had come on leave to his native for the seemantha (baby shower) of his wife on February 18.

Swamygowda had constructed three houses for his three sons. The house-warming ceremony was conducted for the houses of two of his sons. The ceremony had been postponed for Chandras house. Swamygowda told DH that Chandra wanted to join the defence forces since a young age.

“He used to call me twice a week and inquire about our health. He was a driver. I had told him on several occasions to opt for another job and stay in the village. But, he was adamant about completing 17 years in CRPF. Now, we cant imagine that he is no more,” he said.

Gowda said Chandra was on duty on Tuesday morning and there were 12 people in the truck he was driving. “Officials informed us that both his legs were severed and he died on the spot. The mortal remains are expected to reach the village on Wednesday night,” he said.

The family of CRPF jawan H S Chandra, who was killed in a mine blast by Naxals in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday night, is in a state of shock.

Chandra’s parents, family members and residents of Haraduru village in Arkalgud taluk cannot believe that the jawan, who was among them last week and had returned to duty three days ago (March 11), is no more.

According to family sources, Chandra had participated in his house-warming ceremony of his brothers, constructed by his parents Swamygowda and Kalamma on March 8.

Chandra had joined the CRPF four years ago. He had married distant relative Prithvi just a year ago. He had come on leave to his native for the ‘seemantha’ (baby shower) of his wife on February 18.

Swamygowda had constructed three houses for his three sons. The house-warming ceremony was conducted for the houses of two of his sons. The ceremony had been postponed for Chandra’s house. Swamygowda told DH that Chandra wanted to join the defence forces since a young age.

“He used to call me twice a week and inquire about our health. He was a driver. I had told him on several occasions to opt for another job and stay in the village. But, he was adamant about completing 17 years in CRPF. Now, we can’t imagine that he is no more,” he said.

Gowda said Chandra was on duty on Tuesday morning and there were 12 people in the truck he was driving. “Officials informed us that both his legs were severed and he died on the spot. The mortal remains are expected to reach the village on Wednesday night,” he said.

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