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'Martyr' captain was to visit home for Holi

February 24, 2010 15:31 IST

Captain Devinder Singh Jass was to join his family in Ghaziabad for Holi celebrations, but fate willed otherwise, as he died fighting militants in north Kashmir.

A day after 26-year-old Jass was killed in an encounter with militants in Sopore, his family members are yet to come to terms with the loss.

"Two days ago, I talked to him and he assured to see me on Holi," the officer's mother Dalbeer Kaur said as tears rolled down on her face.

His father Bhupender Singh, a retired manager for Dabur India Ltd, said he received the news about his son's death on Tuesday.

"I got a call from Srinagar telling me what had happened. All I can say is that we have lost everything. We had only one son...What can we say?" he said.

Army messengers too reached his house in Abhay Khand I in Indira Puram, Ghaziabad, on Tuesday night and informed his parents about the loss.

Jass was among the three army personnel killed during an 18-hour gunbattle, which saw the elimination of five top terrorists of Pakistan-based terror outfits in Sopore.

"Our child has been martyred. He has lost his life for the country at a young age of 26," Kulwant Singh, his uncle said.

The body of the deceased officer will be flown to Ghaziabad and will be cremated at Hindon riverbank on Wednesday evening.

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