Ashwani, a native of the Kudawal Sihora village of Jabalpur in Madhya Pradhesh, was part of the troop of security personnel killed after a lone terrorist drove a vehicle loaded with explosives near a CRPF convoy and detonated it in the road, around 20 km from the state capital of Srinagar.
The 36-year-old, the youngest of his family, joined the 35th CRPF battalion in 2014 and was badigned his first position in the Kashmir Valley in 2017.
"We are sad but also proud of their martyrdom," a relative told News18. One of his uncles also revealed that more than three dozen young people from the village are serving in the armed forces. "Given the opportunity, we will sacrifice all our children for the country," he said.
The jawan's father, however, waits for the moment when his son's death is avenged. "We want the country to avenge the death of children like Ashwin and retaliate against Pakistan," he said, holding back the tears.
Condoning the death of Aswani, Chief Minister Kamal Nath announced the ex gratia of Rs 1 crore, along with a house and a government post for relatives.
The CM had previously written a tribute and called Pulwama's attack "cowardly and highly condemnable."
The Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed took responsibility for the attack. The attack was carried out by Adil Ahmad Dar, a local recruiting fighter from the Pulwama district of south Kashmir. Minutes after the attack, a video was published that showed Adil delivering his will and a photograph of him surrounded by weapons and grenades.
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