Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday met the family of a 44 Rashtriya Rifles soldier who was abducted and killed by terrorists last week in Kashmir.
Aurangzeb, 24, was on his way home for Eid when the vehicle he was travelling in was intercepted by terrorists. His mortal remains, riddled with bullets were found ten kilometres away.
He’s survived by his wife, his parents, and his three brothers.
“Here’s a family, here’s a martyr, who stands out as an inspiration for the entire nation”, Sitharaman told reporters in Poonch, where Aurangzeb is from.
Aurangzeb’s family said they were deeply touched by the defence minister’s visit.
They welcomed the imposition of governor’s rule — which came into effect after the BJP withdrew support to Mehbooba Mufti’s government yesterday — and said it should have happened much earlier.
They hope the government will pursue a hard policy to deal with terrorists.
‘HE WAS SPEAKING TO ME’
One of Aurangzeb’s brothers, Aasim, was speaking to him on the phone when he was abducted.
“He was talking to me. I heard a shout ordering the vehicle to stop. I thought there was some checking. I never imagined militants were kidnapping my unarmed brother,” the 15-year-old said.
Aasim, who never got the cricket bat and clothes he said his brother promised to bring him, wants to join the military.
On Friday, the Indian Army paid tribute to Aurangzeb and a rifleman — Manvendra Singh — who was killed an operation in the Panar forests in Bandipora.
I give PM Modi 72 hours to avenge my son’s death, or else we are ready to take revenge on our own. Kashmir is ours. We must not let Kashmir burn. Instead, we must eliminate the goons who are destroying the Valley.
News credit : Indiatoday