Pune: After the news of martyrdom of Major Prafull Ambadas Moharkar (32) reached his hometown Pauni in Bhandara district in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, several posters displaying 'Prafull Moharkar Amar Rahe' were put up on Sunday. Traders had closed shops and observed a bandh on their own. Several messages about his bravery, martyrdom were being exchanged by youths on WhatsApp.
His body was to reach Pauni by evening but due to bad weather, there was delay in the transport, officials said.
A pall of gloom had descended in Pauni. People had flocked to Moharkar's house near Bhai Talav in Pauni to meet his parents, who were going to Pune to meet his brother Paresh, when they received the information about his death and they returned from Pulgaon. Moharkars hailed from nearby Junona village and currently resided in Pauni. Junona villagers had also came there in large numbers.
"It is a matter of pride for me and my family that my son attained martyrdom in the service of the motherland. There are attacks every day on the borders. The government must come out with a permanent solution for this. My son had promised to visit us next year, but for us, now that year is never going to come," said Sudhatai, mother of Major Moharkar.
Moharkar and three jawans were martyred in the Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) in Keri sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district on Saturday.
4th marriage anniversary
Moharkar's friends said that he was to celebrate his fourth marriage anniversary on December 24, but his body was expected to reach his house. Moharkar had married Aboli Shinde from Pune on December 24, 2013.
Studied at ZP school
Moharkar had completed his school education from the Zilla Parishad school in Tas in Bhiwapur taluka. Later, he stayed with his aunt in Nagpur and passed HSC exams from Somalwar High School. While studying engineering, he joined the Army.