Kochi: The body of Rear Admiral S S Jamwal,
who died here in an "accidental firing" on July 7, was
cremated with full military honours here this afternoon.
The poignant ceremony was led by Flag Officer of the
Southern Naval Command Vice Admiral K N Sushil. The Additional
District Magistrate of Ernakulam laid a wreath on behalf of
Kerala Governor R S Gavai.
Several officers, sailors and civilians had turned out in
large numbers to pay their last respects to 51-year-old
Jamwal, Chief of Staff and second most important officer of
the Southern Naval Command, who was killed in a "firing
accident" at INS Dronacharya, the navy`s training
Earlier, the cortege left the Staff House- the official
residence of Chief of Staff at the Naval base- here after the
late Rear Admiral`s wife Geeta Jamwal and her two children
bade their final farewell.
The personnel of the Indian Navy lined up on either side
of the road and paid their last respects as the cortege passed
The Rear Admiral`s son lighted the funeral pyre and a 24
Men Guard comprising Navy personnel fired in the air as the
mortal remains were consigned to the flames.
Jamwal`s brother, who arrived here from Mumbai, watched
the ceremonies on his wheel chair.
Earlier, wreaths on behalf of the Chief of Naval Staff,
Commander in Chiefs of Western and Eastern Naval Command and
Southern Air Command were placed on his body, a Naval release
The Navy has maintained that the Rear Admiral had died in
"accidental firing" as a pistol he was inspecting accidentally
went off at the INS Dronacharya.