Prasanna Kumar Sahoo joined his CRPF battalion in Jammu and Kashmir in February after spending around two months with his family in Pariskihara village of Odisha’s coastal Jagatsinghpur district.
Sahoo was killed late Thursday afternoon when a suicide bomber in Pulwama district rammed one of the buses out of the 78 vehicles in which more than 2,000 Central Reserve Police Force personnel were travelling.
There have been reports that Sahoo died leaving behind his wife Meena, a 16-year-old son Jagan and an 18-year-old daughter Rosy. Both his son and daughter are studying in college, according to reports.
Rosy following the incident interacted with the news channels and said she is proud of her father’s martyrdom.
“I am overwhelmed with grief over losing my father. At the same time I am proud that my father laid down his life for the country,” Rosy said as he cried.
In 1995, Sahoo joined CRPF, and he was attached to the 61st battalion of the force.
After the terrible incident changed the life of Sahoo’s family, Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik came forward and had a word with Sahoo’s wife and consoled her. The minister also said that the state government is with her and her children for any kind of support.
Patnaik took the concern to Twitter and in one of the tweets expressed his condolence to the families of the CRPF soldiers from the state who died in the attack in Jammu and Kashmir.
“I am deeply saddened over the heart-wrenching martyrdom of two Odia CRPF jawans Prasanna Kumar Sahoo and Manoj Kumar Behera in the dastardly Pulwama terror attack. I convey my heartfelt condolences to the bereft family members and pray for the departed souls to Rest in Peace,” he tweeted in Odia.
A leading newspaper has reported that Patnaik following the dreadful incident in Jammu and Kashmir has announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each for the family of the two soldiers from Odisha.