|Family members of
Bijay Kumar Rai mourn
his death in Danapur, Patna, on Tuesday. (PTI)
Patna, Aug. 6: At least four jawans from the state lost their lives in the skirmishes on the India-Pakistan border late on Monday night.
One of them, Sepoy Bijay Kumar Rai of 21 Bihar Regiment hailed from Patna. Sources said Bijay’s family resides in the Sultanpur area in Danapur. One among four brothers, his ancestral home is in the Anandpur area of Bihta. The jawan, one among the five who was ambushed and killed by the Pakistani forces, had two children — a two-year-old son and a five-year-old daughter.
Bijay, aged around 33 years, got married more than eight years ago to Pushpa Devi. The sources added that one of his brothers also serves the army and is part of the Bihar Regiment. Another brother of his is a farmer while the youngest one is a student.
Bihar Regiment Lance Naik Shambhu Saran Rai, who also fell to bullets, hailed from Hargoin village under Jagdishpur police station of Bhojpur district, around 60km west of Patna. He was the son of Banshidhar Rai, a policeman. Shambhu is survived by his wife Sapna Kumari, three daughters and a son who are school students. He was married to Sapna in 2001.
The other two jawans hail from Saran district. One among them, Sepoy Raghu Nandan Prasad (24), was a resident of Nautan village under Ekma police station the district, around 80km northwest of Patna. Raghu’s father Ashok Prasad too used to work with the army and as he died while in service, Raghu got a job on compassionate ground.
He is survived by mother Meera Devi and younger brother Tejendra Kumar, who is pursuing engineering from a college in Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. Raghu Nandan joined the army four years ago and was unmarried.
The other slain jawan, Naik Prem Nath Singh hails from the Kopa village under Kopa police station of Saran district. Prem Nath was the son of a retired railway employee Raj Kumar Singh. He is survived by two daughters and one son. His wife Sangita Devi was staying in Chhapra town at a rented accommodation for the education of his school-going children.
Prem Nath had joined the army in 1997 and had applied for voluntary retirement and was reported to retire from the service next year.