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IAF pilot’s death shatters Samana family

IAF pilot’s death shatters Samana family

Aman Sood
Tribune News Service
Patiala, June 13

An eerie silence prevailed at the two-storeyed house of Flight Lieutenant Mohit Garg (27) in this industrial town of Samana after the Indian Air Force (IAF) confirmed that all 13 people on board the AN-32 aircraft that crashed in Arunachal Pradesh were dead. Visitors were thronging the house to mourn his death.

“No queries please. Let us mourn in peace. It is the worst tragedy for the family as the first youth of the family who left the family business and became an Air Force officer has lost his life,” says Ashok Kumar, a family friend.

His father Surinder Garg and uncle Rishi Garg had rushed to Assam after hearing the news of the missing aircraft to be with their daughter-in-law Astha.

For Mohit’s mother Sulakshn Garg, her husband has gone for some work as she is yet to be briefed about the mishap that struck the family last week and her son’s demise.

“She is a heart patient and was very close to Mohit. We don’t want to tell her anything till my father is back,” says Mohit’s younger brother Ashwani.

“We were all praying for a miracle for the past one week. It is a tough time for everyone in the family as Mohit was an inspiration for many others in this small town to join the armed forces. With his death, we have lost a mentor who would have guided many other youngsters into the forces,” he adds.

Going to a hostel when he was in Class V, Mohit, a self-made man, had plans to spend these summer vacations with the family.

“Our father encouraged my brother to pursue what he wanted to. He excelled in studies and refused to join his family business of arhtiyas (commission agents). He cleared the NDA entrance and joined the IAF,” recalls Ashwani, fighting back his tears.

For the past five years, Mohit was posted in Jorhat. He got married to Astha, a banker, from Jalandhar last year. He was due to visit his family in July. The IAF will flow back his mortal remains to Patiala from where it will be taken to Samana for his last rites, expected to take place on Saturday.

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