'Sir, I take your leave', last words of VC Shukla's security officer who shot himself
Prafful Shukla lay under one of the cars caught in Saturday's deadly Naxal ambush and fired a steady stream of bullets back at the attackers. The Maoists, perched at a vantage point on hillocks, shot the tyres of the car and it came crashing down upon Mr Shukla, the personal security officer of senior Congress leader Vidya Charan Shukla.
Out of ammunition, and crushed under the car, the 41-year-old shouted out to VC Shukla, who sat in the car, "Sir, I have not been able to protect you. I take your leave." He then shot himself.