The Two CRPF Jawans From Bengal Who Were Martyred in Pulwama

Sudip Biswas and Bablu Santra were among the 40 CRPF jawans killed in Pulwama terror attack on 14 February.

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Constable Sudip Biswas and Head Constable Bablu Santra from West Bengal are among the 40 CRPF jawans who were martyred in a deadly terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on Thursday, 14 February.

The families of both the jawans mourn their loss.

Once a Fish Seller, Bablu Santra Served in CRPF For 20 Years

Life was never easy for 39-year-old Bablu Santra of the 35th Battalion. A resident of Bauria in West Bengal’s Howrah, Bablu is survived by his wife, six-year-old daughter and mother.

According to a report by The New Indian Express, Bablu had last called his mother before boarding the CRPF convoy from Jammu.

After 20 years of service, Bablu had planned to take voluntary retirement next year and start his own business. He had recently built a new house to live in after his retirement.

Bablu’s father passed away at the age of 13. After that he used to sell fish at the local market to earn a living.

He had last come home in December 2018 to celebrate his daughter’s birthday, reported Mumbai Mirror.

“Yesterday Bablu’s family received a call from Kashmir and some personnel asked for Bablu’s wife’s mobile number. We were scared as news of the attack was already on television. This morning, the family received a call from CRPF saying that he’s become a martyr.”
A member of Bablu’s family, as told to Mumbai Mirror

Bablu’s wife Mita was quoted as saying by The Times Of India:

“Our leaders hail men in uniform. Filmmakers highlight their sacrifice on screen. But why is the government so indifferent towards security of jawans?”

Sudip Biswas Wanted to Build a Pucca House For His Family

27-year-old Sudip Biswas, who hailed from Tehatta in West Bengal’s Nadia district, is survived by his elderly parents and a sister who got married two years ago. According to a report by The Telegraph, Sudip had asked his sister to look for a bride for him.

Sudip had last spoken to his family on Thursday afternoon, when he told his father that he’d like to come back home to build a pucca (brick) house for his family.

“Around 1 pm, Sudip called when I was working in a field. He asked me not to work under the sun as I have not been well. He advised me to take it easy and told me about his plan to come home on long leave by the end of this year to complete the construction of our new house. He asked me to quit working and be ready to enjoy our new home.”
Sanyasi Biswas, Sudip’s Father, as told to The Telegraph

After completing his school, Sudip joined the CRPF in 2015 to support his family. He was posted in Arunachal Pradesh before Kashmir.

Politicians Pay Tribute As Families Wait For Martyrs’ Body

Sudip and Bablu’s bodies will arrive from Kashmir on Saturday, 16 February. A funeral and memorial service have been organised by the CRPF at their respective villages.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has spoken to the two jawans’ families and expressed her condolences. She has also demanded that the central government declare a 72-hour mourning period for Pulwama martyrs.

“We have the right to know what had actually happened. What was the national security adviser doing? Why did we not come to know anything before the attack? Why did so many jawans get killed? These are the questions of the people not only mine”, she said.

The chief minister added that TMC MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay will go to New Delhi on Saturday for the all-party meeting, and express the Trinamool’s stand in the national capital.

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