Mumbai: The residents of Spring Mills chawl in the Naigaum area of Mumbai poured out in full strength to honour a man they knew well, who had now given his life for his country.
Army Jawan Ajit Gavkar was shot during the recent exhange of fire between India and Pakistan when 15 pakistan soldiers crossed the Line of Control. Gavkar was given a hero's funeral on Thursday morning.
The walls of Ajit's chawl have been plastered with posters that declaim how proud of his bravery his people are, but he leaves behind him a family of 13 - completely dependent on him, after having lost two sons even before him.
Performing the last rites was Ajit's six-year-old son. His father was inconsolable, he has lost three sons in the last three years. The bereaved family was not able to face the camera.
Ajit's neighbour, Suryakant Tatumbde says, "They have now lost three earning sons, so they don't know what to do now. We are trying to help the best we can."
Those who serve the nation come from all corners, like Ajit of Spring Mills chawl. As his family grieves, so does the nation.