The family members of the 30-year-old martyr were inconsolable. Several women from Aantehri village here reached the martyr's house today and tried to console Mandeep’s widow. The couple had got married two years ago, family members said.

Kurukshetra's Deputy Commissioner Sumedha Kataria also visited the jawan's home and offered her condolences. The martyr's neighbours described him as a "go getter" who always had a smile on his face. Subhash, husband of the Sarpanch of the village, said Mandeep was a helpful person who always offered help to anyone who approached him in need.

Mandeep's widow Prerna is a Head Constable with Haryana police and posted at Shahbad Markanda. Mandeep's sacrifice came within a week after Sushil Kumar (47), a BSF constable was martyred in Jammu district. He also hailed from Kurukshetra district and belonged to Pehowa town.

Kumar was killed as Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire, resorting to heavy shelling and firing from automatic weapons in several sectors along the International Border in Jammu district on October 24.