Jamshedpur, Feb. 27: Manoranjan Chaudhary (26), who was promoted to the rank of lieutenant-commander on February 15, badly wanted to come home to the city to celebrate Holi with his family after seven long years. Instead, he will come a little earlier, in a coffin.
Manoranjan’s father Navin, a former naval nayab subedar, flew to Mumbai this afternoon to do the toughest job any parent can ever be called upon to do, as soon as the Navy officially confirmed his death in the Sindhuratna submarine incident off Mumbai coast.
Manoranjan’s mother Rukmani Devi, almost bed-ridden due to a hip ailment, doesn’t yet know her eldest son is no more.
“We officially came to know Manoranjan is no more this afternoon when the Navy confirmed it. Our family is shattered. We haven’t informed our mother as she won’t be able to bear this loss,” said Suman, Manoranjan’s younger brother, who also disconnected the cable TV connection at their Baliguma home in Vastu Vihar near NH-33, 15km from Jamshedpur.
“The news is all over TV channels. What else could I have done?” he said.
Suman added that Manoranjan had been promoted to the rank of lieutenant-commander on February 15.
“We were jubilant. Bhaiya was supposed to come to Jamshedpur in February on a month-long leave. We were all looking forward to celebrate Holi with him after a long gap of seven years. However, he was not granted leave. He has not played Holi with us ever since he joined the Navy in 2007,” said the brother, a Plus Two student of DPS.
Since childhood, Manoranjan was inspired by his father to join the Navy.
“Bhaiya followed his dream. Soon after completing his Plus Two from Bareilly-based Army Public School in 2003 he passed NDA exams the same year. Then, he joined India Naval Academy in Lonavala near Mumbai and later completed his degree in electrical and electronics from Naval College of Engineering in 2007,” said the brother.
“He was really driven and dedicated. By the time our father retired as nayab subedar in 2010, bhaiya already had completed three years in the Navy,” Suman said.
His friend Amit Kumar added: “Manoranjan bhaiya was a real inspiration to us.”
Suman added no one from the government had yet come to offer them condolences.
“Only the local unit of the Army visited our home to inform us of the demise. Ministers have no respect for those working in the forces,” he rued.
The Chaudharys are originally from Samastipur in Bihar. They moved to Jamshedpur two years ago.