15 February 2019
Cuttack/Jagatsinghpur: The gloomy weather reflected Odisha’s mood today as eyes glistened with tears after the loss of two Odia brave-hearts in Pulwama’s terror attack came to the fore early today morning.
The martyred Odia jawans have been identified as Prasanna Kumar Sahoo of 61 Battalion, resident of Jagatsinghpur’s Shikhar village and Manoj Kumar Behera, resident of Niali area in Cuttack.
Manoj had departed from his village Ratanpur on February 6 after a holiday. He had celebrated his daughter’s first birthday and had promised to come back in March to attend to the repairs that were needed in the home. He had also assured his wife that he would call her on reaching Srinagar. However, all those promises and assurance were left unfulfilled. Sobbingly, Manoj’s wife said that their daughter had not addressed him as ‘Bapa’ (father) yet.
On the other hand, Prasanna’s daughter who is living in a hostel and is pursuing further studies said that she was extremely proud of her father. Despite the fact that Prasanna is no more present to take care of her and overlook everything, she feels proud that he fulfilled his dream to do something for his country.
The entire State prayed for peace to be bestowed upon the departed souls and meanwhile Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has condemned the ‘dastardly attack’. The family members of the two jawans have been left devastated and the land of Odisha waits for its brave hearts to return. While the mortal remains of the jawans are awaited for the last rites, a pall of gloom has gripped the two villages.
On February 14 at around 3.15 p.m, a 'Fidayeen' bomber belonging to the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) rammed an explosive-laden SUV into a bus carrying CRPF troopers in Lethpora area of Pulwama. The attack claimed 45 lives and stunned the nation.