Jitendra Singh Gurjar
Jitendra Singh Gurjar

Surat: This security guard is writing to kin of bravehearts for 2 decades

ANI | Updated: Nov 02, 2018 09:23 IST

Surat (Gujarat) [India], Nov 2 (ANI): Jitendra Singh Gurjar, a security guard stationed at a private firm in Surat, has been writing letters to families of bravehearts for the last two decades.
On the postcard that he sends, Gurjar carefully sketches the Indian flag and writes 'Satyamev Jayate' (truth triumphs) next to it.
Gurjar, while speaking to ANI, said the sacrifice and valour of Indian soldiers killed in the 1999 Kargil War spurred him to write the letters. "This is the 20th year since the Kargil was fought. Several soldiers and officers from my village were martyred in it. I saw and heard the stories of their bravery which motivated me to send letters to families of every one of those martyrs," he added.
A native of Bharatpur district in Rajasthan, Gurjar said he is often overwhelmed when he receives a reply for his letters. "Many families laugh and cry while most of them delve into memories of their kin on receiving these postcards. I have visited houses of 40-50 soldiers. Their families treat me like a son. I also bring sand from the compound of their houses to build a 'shaheed samarak' (martyr figurines)."
The 37-year-old continued: "I read up stories of martyrs in newspapers and channels and record their data. Several of these stories are heart-wrenching. A story that I still etched in my mind is of 95-year-old Chuni Singh, who got his pension after 65 years. Another is of Lachhman Singh, whose three sons, all of whom were officers, lost their lives on the battlefield."
Gurjar maintains a register containing records of soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for the country. The stationery that he has garnered over the years weighs a massive nine quintals.
Divulging about the challenges he had to face, he said, "In 2004, the rates of postcards were increased by 66 per cent. I was a working at a small private school. This unprecedented increase in rates forced me to write to the Prime Minister. I still write a monthly letter to the Prime Minister urging him to reduce the prices of postcards. But no action has been taken in this regard." (ANI)

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