New Delhi, Dec 23: Captain Rajesh Shivrain, the co-pilot of the tragedy-hit BSF plane, was scheduled to attend a school function at her daughter's school in the evening. He promised his daughter that he would not miss the event. However, he could not fulfill his promise.
38-year-old Captain Rajesh Shivrain died when the aircraft, which he was flying, crashed after a short take-off in New Delhi on Tuesday, Dec 22.
Captain Shivrain, a fitness and sports enthusiast, was the only officer of the border guarding force Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) working in the Border Security Force (BSF) air wing and was reputed for having some deft hands at the flying machines, including on the Superking B-200 that he and his pilot colleague Deputy Commandant Bhagwati Prasad Bhatt was commandeering.
While he met with the accident, his two little children Pradyumn and Pari kept waiting for their father in their school where they were supposed to take part in an event.
The officer was flying the BSF sortie to Ranchi carrying a team of six technicians and two others. Speaking about the tragic event, one senior officer was quoted as saying, "He was supposed to come back and go for his five-year-old daughter's school function in the evening. It is really tragic and the twist of fate that he met with the air accident."
They said as soon as the news of the air crash came in, the Sashastra Seema Bal rushed some of its men to fetch the children from school and look after the family.
"He went down in the Dwarka area, kilometres away from where he lived," the official said, adding that Captain Shivrain lived in Sector-4 of Dwarka locality of the national capital.
Captain Shivrain, who joined SSB in 2002 as an officer, was flying the plane with his batch-mate Deputy Commandant Bhatt, and, coincidentally both were born in 1977.
A resident of Bhiwani, Captain Shivrain joined the BSF air wing in the pilot rank in 2009 and was soon to be inducted permanently in this special unit of the Union Home Ministry.
Senior officials of central police forces will pay their last respects to their fallen colleagues at the Safdarjung airport on Wednesday after which the mortal remains of Captain Shivrain will be brought to the SSB headquarters in New Delhi and subsequently a ceremonial guard will take his body in a truck to his village in Haryana.
(With agency inputs)