Mangaluru, April 15, 2017 : Santosh Kumar from Kodakallu in Mudipu, a valiant soldier who had survived even after four bullets pierced through his body, two in the chest and another two in the thigh, during an encounter with terrorists who were hiding in a vacant students’ hostel at Kupwara in Jammu in October last year, has returned hometown.
However, his family including his wife and his mother who were unaware of the tragedy that struck Santosh during the encounter with terrorists, were in for a shock to see his condition when he returned hometown after being dropped by an army vehicle on April 3.
In fact he had kept his injury in the encounter a closely guarded secret and had told one of his friends to inform his family only in the event of his death.
Santosh who had led a contingent of soldiers during the encounter was the lone person from the contingent to have survived the attack. Though Santosh received treatment in the hospital for five long months since the attack and is out of danger, the fear is that his health condition may not permit him to serve the Army any more.
Santosh’s mother Vimala used to roll beedies to eke out a living after her husband Ramanna Salian died while the family was living at Kakkepadavu in Karinja near Bantwal.
Santosh who did his PUC course at Mudipu Government College had later joined the Army in 2003. He had married Shreelatha, a teacher three years ago.