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Who will protect families of those who protect the nation?
The news of the cold-blooded murder of Major Sushil Chhikara's father and brother in Sonipat has sent shock waves in Haryana.
School friends of the army officer from Haryana have been highlighting on the social media the dilemma of a soldier protecting the country when his family back home is unsafe.

"Major Sushil Chikkara joined the Indian Army before he could even vote or apply for a driver's license. Being a sportsman, from Haryana's Sports School at Rai, par excellence who set multiple records in basketball, athletics and cross country during his training days in NDA and IMA. Army was the natural choice for the tall and athletic Jat teenager from Sonepat. He excelled in sports and all other fields in the Army and was immensely liked by his peers owing to his warm, humble and cheerful disposition," wrote one of his school mates on Facebook.

According to the army officer's school mate, his friend had been serving in the Army for over 10 years now and got to visit his home about 2 or 3 times in a year. But on 12 May, his friend's entire world came crashing down when he received the tragic news that his father and brother were shot dead at point blank range as a double cold blooded murder in broad daylight.

"The murderers were no amateurs, as they had committed a similar crime a couple of days back and had threatened Sushil's family too before carrying out the dastardly act. They (killers) are on the run and yet to be located and nabbed by the police, two days after the crime. Sushil is understandably shocked by the turn of events. And since this is not a soldier's battlefield (the border), he is relying on the police authorities concerned to nab the miscreants and deliver swift justice," added the school mate in his post.

Friends of Sushil have appealed to the police to take all necessary measures and go out of their way to nab the criminals. However, they have raised a pertinent question: "They (soldiers) protect the borders, but who protects their loved ones?"

Many think that when a soldier goes into battlefield, he leaves behind his family with the confidence that some law of the land will prevail back home to guard his loved ones. Quite true, it requires serious attention that when a soldier is committed to give his or her all for the country, even sacrifices his or her life, the least the civil administration can do to reciprocate his selfless service is ensure protection and justice to the ones he leaves behind.

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