Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Friday expressed condolences over the death of 42 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers who were killed in Thursday’s deadly suicide attack in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.
In a tweet, Kumaraswamy said that he has spoken to the family of the soldier H Guru, who hailed from Mandya district and was martyred in the attack on Thursday and has instructed officials to expedite the process of providing compensation to them.
I spoke to martyred #CRPF soldier H Guru's family over the phone and consoled them. Their grief is heartwrenching. We are with them.— H D Kumaraswamy (@hd_kumaraswamy) February 15, 2019
I have instructed officials to speed up the process of compensation.#Pulwama
Guru (33) hailed from Gudigere village in Maddur taluk of Mandya district. He was one of 42 security personnel who lost their lives in the suicide attack. He was a member of the 82nd battalion of the CRPF and was headed to Srinagar from Jammu.
He studied in a government school in Gudigere and took up a course in mechanics at an Industrial Training Institute. He completed his training but he did not take up a job and instead joined the Indian armed forces around five years ago.
He was posted with the 94th battalion in Jharkhand. Around six months ago, he had moved to a new residence in his village and had got married to Kalavati, a resident of nearby Saasalapur village. He is survived by his wife, his father Honnaiah, mother Chikkolamma, and two younger brothers, Madhu and Anand.
Guru would visit his home once in six months. He left his home in Gudigere on February 10 and was set to join his battalion in Srinagar when the CRPF convoys were attacked.
"In spite of being in the army, he lived a simple life here. He would visit for 15 days every six months and in his friend circle, he was very popular. He always spoke about his work for the nation and he had recently got married," says Sagar, a friend of Guru from Gudigere.
Guru’s family is in a state of shock ever since the news of his death flashed on television screens on Thursday. A large number of people gathered at his residence in the village upon hearing the news. His mortal remains are set to arrive at his home on Friday and the district administration is making arrangements for his funeral.