Jagatsinghpur Feb 15 (LocalWirte) A pall of gloom descended on Sikhar village under Naugoan police limit after hearing the news of havildar Prasnna Sahu’s death in Pulwama terrorist attack on yesterday.
He is survived by wife Minarani Sahu, daughter Luni Sahu, a plus three arts student at Kakatpur, and son Jagan Sahu studying at Nimapada College.
His father Kasinath Sahu passed away in 2013 and mother Laita in 2014.
Sahu last visited his native village in November 2018 and planned to return in March.
It took a while for the message to sink in for the family members when a army personnel from Jammu Kashmir broke the news on Friday morning.
His elder brother Dhurab said they did not understand properly in the beginning as the officer spoke in Hindi.
He said Prasnna’s wife Minarani and all family members were in a state of shock.
Sahu joined the Indian Army in 1992. He served at Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Raigarh before being transferred to Jammu and Kashmir a few years back.
Shocked villagers mourned his death and urged the government to take action against the terrorist behind this attack.
Sahu’s last rites will be held on Saturday with military honour.
Two Odia jawans were among the 44 CRPF personnel killed in the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday.
Besides, Sahu, constable Manoj Kumar Behera hailing from Ratanpur village under Niali area in Cuttack district was also killed.
Around 3.15 pm on Thursday, a suicide bomber from Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) rammed a Mahindra Scorpio SUV carrying over 350 kg of explosives into a CRPF bus in Pulwama, killing at least 44 jawans and injuring several others.
The bus was among a 78-vehicle convoy that was carrying 2,547 security personnel from the transit camp in Jammu to Srinagar.
The suicide bomber was identified as Adil Ahmed Dar, 22, a resident of Gundibagh village in Pulwama of South Kashmir.