Jharkhand: Martyred jawan’s village crowd-source funds to set up his statue

Ranchi: A village in Churchu panchayat of Chanho block in Ranchi unveiled a giant statue of its son on the occasion of first anniversary of his martyrdom who died in Drass sector of Jammu and Kashmir while on duty. On Sunday, a six feet tall statue of jawan Abhishek Kumar, which was constructed with the help of public donations after pleas to initial plea to politicians remained unanswered. Abhishek was 24 when he died in a blast in Drass on October 24 last year, said his brother Parmanand.

“He was from the corps of signals regiment and posted in Drass. Since childhood, he dreamt of joining army to serve the country. He did so till his life,” recalled Parmanand, Abhishek’s elder brother.  

While his family is yet to come terms with the loss, but the elder brother decided to install a statue in the village as a mark of respect towards Abhishek and keep his memories alive. “Initially, villagers appealed to the public representatives who paved visit to offer tributes to my brother here. Along with the statue, we also proposed a gate named after my brother at the entrance of the village. But since we didn’t get any substantial assurance from the powers that be, we went ahead to construct on our own,” he said.

A few villagers donated land at village entrance, some chipped in with money and other assisted with remaining resources taking up the project as a joint mission. The entire project came up with an investment of Rs 8 lakh, informed Parmanand.

“The statue will be a remembrance about my brother for eternity in the place where he grew up. We hope that it will imbibe love towards nation and patriotism among the younger generations too. For me, the statue is a token of love to my brother,” he remarked.