A pall of gloom descended on Kondareddypally village in Mahabubnagar district as news of the tragic killing of Army Jawan, M. Yadaiah unfolded on Tuesday with scores of people calling on his wailing parents and other family members to console them.

Yadaiah, who was driving an Army vehicle, was killed along with seven other Jawans when militants opened fire and hurled grenades on the convoy near Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. According to the slain Jawan’s brother, Yadaiah was driving the second vehicle in the convoy when it came under attack.

It took a while for the message to sink in for the family members when a colonel from Secunderabad broke the sad news in the morning. His brother, Niranjan, said they did not understand properly in the beginning as the officer spoke in Hindi.

He said Yadaiah’s wife and all family members were in state of shock as his younger brother had joined duty 20 days ago after spending an equal number of days with the family since last month. He said Yadaiah underwent training in Goa in 2002 and joined the Army later. He served in Assam before he was moved to Jammu and Kashmir some months ago.

Yadaiah got married five years ago and the couple was blessed with two daughters, who are three and one years respectively.

According to a press release from the Defence PRO, the jawan’s mortal remains would reach Shamshahbad airport here at 8.50 a.m. on Thursday.

After wreath laying in the cargo area, the mortal remains would be taken by road to his native village. The last rites will be performed with military honours.