Bengaluru musician collected soil from 40 Pulwama martyrs’ homes to build memorial

Umesh Gopinath Jadhav



Mubashir Bukhari

Srinagar (NVI): Moved by the pain of the families of Pulwama martyrs, a musician from Bangalore travelled 61,000 km to meet the kin of the 40 slain CRPF personnel and collected soil from their hometowns to pay his unique homage.

As the nation marked the first anniversary of the attack, an urn containing the soil was kept at the memorial built in the memory of the martyrs at the CRPF campus in Lethpora today.
Umesh Gopinath Jadhav says the main aim of his road trip was to pay respect and homage to the jawans who lost their lives in the attack.
“My trip is a tribute to all the security personnel who sacrifice their lives for this country. I showed to the people of the country, that without using Tiktok or any webpage we can do something for these men,” he said while making it clear that his travel was neither sponsored by anyone nor did he receive any donation for it.
“I am proud that I met all the families of Pulwama martyrs and sought their blessings. Parents lost their son, wives lost their husbands, children lost their fathers, friends lost their friends,” Jadhav said.
He said he covered 16 states to meet with each of the families of the CRPF men killed in the Pulwama attack.
“My mission will not stop here. On April 2020, when the CRPF commemorates the defence of the Sardar post in the Rann of Kutch , my journey will end there,” Jadhav said.
The 40-year-old pharmacist-turned-musician, said that he began his journey to meet the families of the Pulwama martyrs after he saw the news of the attack being flashed at the airport in Ajmer.