“It is hurtful I have lost my child, however, I am glad that he given his life for the nation.”- Martyr Mother

For three generations, Merla village in Jharkhand’s Khunti district, 40 km from Ranchi, has Seen a number of its residents joining the Army as young men, with the oldest having gone on to retire.

Sepoy Javra Munda, 35, was one of the 19 killed in the Uri attack. He had been posted in Kashmir for three years and been expecting a transfer.

He was among the 19 soldiers who were martyred in Uri attack in Sep 2016. At around 5:30 a.m. on 18 September, four militants attacked an Indian Armed brigade headquarters in Uri, close to the Line of Control in a pre-dawn ambush. They heaved 17 explosives in three minutes took after by unpredictable shooting automatic weapons. As a back administrative base camp, the HQs had fuel storeroom, which burst into flames alongside tents with fighters sleeping in them. Because of this dastardly attack, 17 armed force personnel were martyred. A gun battle followed that went on for six hours, amid which all the four militants were killed. Apart from this 19-30 soldiers were likewise reported to have been injured in the attack.

Most of the soldiers martyred were from the 10 Dogra and 6 Bihar regiments. One of the injured fighters capitulated to his wounds on 19 September at R&R Healing facility in New Delhi, then on 24 September, another soldier, conveying the loss of life to 19. Sepoy Javra Munda belonged to 6 Bihar Regiment and was among the 19 brave hearts who laid down their lives in the line of duty in September 2016 when Pakistani terrorists struck the Army’s Administrative base in Uri sector of J & K.

“As far as I know, the entire unit was to be transferred to West Bengal and they were supposed to go to Uri for one last time,” said Francis Pardia, a 1971 war who retired in 1984, and whose father had been an Indian member of the British Army.

As his village Merla Khunti (Jharkhand) has seen its people either joining the Army or have gone on to retire. But, it was the first time when a young man Javra Munda who is the first martyr in the village. Yakriyash Topno, another veteran, said, “There were three or four of us who retired after serving in the Army. There are another three in the Army. Our heart bleeds today because Javra is the first martyr.”

Javra’s sibling Daud Munda, 18 and a BA understudy, wants to join the Armed force. “There will be an enrollment rally in October in Ranchi. In the event that I try, I will join the armed force. I need to look after with my Javra’s better half and three little girls. Likewise, I need to take revenge of my sibling’s demise,” he said.

Salmi Dhanwar, (Javra’s mom), told villagers, “It is hurtful I have lost my child, however, I am likewise glad that he given his life for the nation.”

Sepoy Munda was posted in Kashmir for the last 3 years and was expecting a transfer. The villagers have planned to set up a memorial at the spot where he is buried.

Javra’s better half Jingi frequently blacked out and must be given medical attention. Their oldest little girl Sandhya, who is in class VIII, came to know about the death of her father after she returned home from school. “Just our uncle is there to deal with us,” she stated, stifling on her words, while relatives reassured her sisters Sushma and Shilpa. Javra used to work in a bond godown before he joined the Armed force in 2005.

It was just on Sunday that power was reestablished to the town following a month, “We sat in front of the television and I got concerned that I knew the attack was in Uri. But there was no way to confirm it. So rather than spread panic, I did not tell anyone,” said veteran Topno.

The country will stay grateful to this brave soldier for his bravery and supreme sacrifice. We salute to such a great soldier who made India proud.

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