- Post 01 December 2016
According to Namita Debbarma (32), the wife of the slain jawan, Chittranjan Debbarma (36) of 51 Engineering Regiment and six more Army personnel were killed during the eight-hour gun battle at the military camp near the Army's sensitive 16 Corps headquarters in Nagrota.
She told a local TV channel that Chittranjan had called her at around 7.45 am on Tuesday but a relative had picked up the phone as she was not there at the time. "Chittranjan told his relative they were in the midst of a militant attack and this was probably his last call to his family. He (the relative) clearly heard the sound of gunshots and grenade blasts over the phone but after a few minutes the mobile phone automatically got disconnected," Namita told the local TV channel.
"I tried once again to call Chittranjan, but there was no response from the other side. We tried several more times to connect to Chittranjan, but we failed," said one of Chittaranjan's brothers-in-law.
In the evening, Army headquarters in Jammu & Kashmir informed them that Chittranjan Debbarma had been martyred during a gunfight with Pakistani militants. All the family members broke into tears and the message spread through Kairingbari village in Padmabil block, under Kalyanpur police station in Khowai district.
He is survived by his wife, aged parents and two children. His daughter Inlek Debbarma (13) studies in Class 7 at Kok English Medium School at Baijalbari, and his son Kutlai Debbarma (8) is in Class 3 at Don Bosco School, also in Baijalbari area of Khowai district.
His elder brother, Arun Debbarma, is a retired Armyman. The younger brother, Amardeep Debbarma, is a Group D employee of the Tripura government.
Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar, in a condolence message, said his government expressed solidarity with the bereaved family. "We all stand with his family in this hour of crisis," Sarkar said.
Official sources confirmed that the mortal remains of Naik Chittaranjan Debbarma would be brought to his native village on Thursday from Jammu and Kashmir