Khalil's wife Shabnam could not understand what Khalil wanted to convey when he told her "Allah Allah karti rahna". But now after his death during the four-month period of Iddat or mourning, she would be doing just that. During these months Shabnam will be confined to her room.
"Padhayi chodne ke baad bhag daud ki. Kahta tha jab tak naukri nahin lagegi shaadi nahin karoonga (He used to say he won't marry until he gets a job), " remembers his father Fakruddin Khan. The tears turn into smile when he sees his grandson Zeeshan.
A daily wage carpenter, Fakruddn spent everything on his son, educating him. Khalil joined CRPF in 2002 immediately after completing his 12th class.
"Sarkari naukri ki tamanna hai. Kharcha wahi chalata tha. Main nahin karta tha. (I spent whatever I had earned on him. He used to take care of all household expenses after he got the government job)," added Fakruddin.
Khalil had seen the danger in his two year-long posting in Chhattisgarh. Ironically he was to be transferred out of the state in two months. But Dantewada changed all of that.
Wasila Begum recalls his brother Kalil used to tell her after he got transfered to Dantewada from Srinagar:"Accha lagta tha Srinagar mein. Yahan par be hisaab khatra hai. Yahan par maut ke moonh mein rehta hoon. Khane ko nahin milta time par sone ko nahin milta hai," (Srinagar was better. Too much risk to life here. There is no food to eat nor time to sleep.)
More than 30 kms away from his home, just about anyone you ask about the family of Khalil Khan they will take you to the exact address. Several villages united in tragedy as they mourn the death of their brave son.