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Just before death, CRPF jawan C. Sivachandran had called home and spoken to his wife

Just hours before the strike by a suicide bomber on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir, Constable C. Sivachandran made a call to his wife Gandhimathi residing at Karkudi village in Ariyalur district on Thursday.

A doting father, Sivachandran had called to enquire about his two-year-old son, Sivamuniyan. He had also conveyed to her his latest duty position. That turned out to be the last conversation between the young couple.

Hours later, the 33-year-old constable was killed along with many of his colleagues. The family of Sivachandran was devastated when news of his death reached them on Friday.

The constable was the eldest among four siblings. His parents — Chinnaiyan, a labourer, and Singaravalli — had lost their youngest son in an accident a few years ago.

“It was only on February 9 that Sivachandran returned to duty after availing leave during January,” said V. Arun, the constable’s brother-in-law.

Sivachandran made use of the long leave to visit Sabarimala before returning to duty.

A post-graduate in History, Sivachandran had a passion to serve the country in uniform, his family said.

With a zeal for fitness, Sivachandran was keen to join the Army. But, when that did not happen, he chose to join the CRPF as a constable (general duty) in 2010, said Mr. Arun.

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