Encounter with Naxals: Greyhounds commando had vowed to return soon

Susheel. Photo: Special Arrangement

Susheel. Photo: Special Arrangement  


“Susheel assured us that he will return home safe and we need not worry about him. I believed him,” his wife said.

“My phone will be switched-off for the next few hours... I will be back soon,” were the last words of B. Susheel Kumar, a Greyhounds commando, to his three-month pregnant wife Sushma. The 34-year-old commando told his wife on Thursday morning that he was heading for a major operation and asked her to take care of herself and their two-and-half year old daughter.

Susheel was killed in the early hours of Friday in an exchange of fire between the police and the naxals on the borders of Telangana and Chhattisgarh.

“Susheel assured us that he will return home safe and we need not worry about him. I believed him,” a tearful Sushma told The Hindu.

On Friday morning, around 9 a.m., Sushma received a phone call from an unknown number. The caller identified himself as a senior police officer and informed her that Susheel had suffered bullet injuries and that he was being rushed to Hyderabad.

“Minutes later, the same officer called again and said Susheel is no more. I immediately rushed to Bidar, where my in-laws are staying,” Sushma said. All along she kept praying for a miracle.

Susheel married Sushma in May 2009.

His body was flown to his hometown of Bidar in Karnataka after the police homage at Bhadradri Kothagudem. “I am proud of his courage and dedication to his duty,” his wife Sushma said.

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