Major Kauustubh Rane, 29, who was amongst the four Indian Army soilder martyred in an encouter on the Line Of Control, (LOC) in north Kashmir’s Gurez sector of Bandipora district, around 125kms from Srinagaron Tuesday was Mira Road resident and had been promoted to a Major in January.
The news of the death of their only son reached to the parents Prakash and Jyoti in the wee hours at their home. The Rane’s were planning to head to their native town in Konkan when news of Kaustubh reached them.
The family has been residing in Mira Road for over 30 years and Prakash is fondly reffered to as ‘Rane Kaka’ in the locality. Residents said that the parents , both retired, took pride in the fact their son was a soldier. Kaustubh too was keen on joining the army since a very long time. He had completed six years in the job.
Kaustubh grew up in the locality and went to the nearby Holy Cross School. Neighbours recalled him as a soft spoken jovial person who stopped by to speak to even his acquaintances. While his parents were in shock and did not speak, his uncle Pratap Rane said it was Kaustubh who would call up his parents as and when possible.
Kaustavh, who belonged to the Amy’s 36 Rashtriya Rifles left behind his wife Kanika and two and a half year old son who are in their native town in Konkan and are expected to arrive in Mumbai soon.
The first broke out at around 1 AM when a group of armed when a group of armed terrorists tried to infiltrate into the Indian territory.
The alert soldiers foiled the infiltration bid by the group from the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (POK). The other soldiers hav been identied as Rifleman Mandeep Singh (26) of Shivpuri in Uttrakhand, Rifleman Hameer Singh (28), of village Pokhriyal in Uttarkhand and Vikramjeet Singh (25) of village Tepla in the Ambala district of Haryana.