Bodies of slain CRPF jawans taken to native states

Last Updated: Thursday, July 1, 2010 - 22:24

Guwahati/Bhubaneswar/Patna: Poignant scenes
unfolded as the bodies of the CRPF jawans killed in Tuesday`s
brutal Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh were today brought to
their native states where they were given guard of honour and
floral tributes were paid by senior leaders and officials.

While coffins of six jawans were taken to Guwahati, the
bodies of eight others were flown to Bhubaneshwar and three to
Patna.

Amid torrential rains in Guwahati, the slain jawans from
Assam were given guard of honour by the CRPF and the state
police. The grief-stricken relatives were waiting at the
airport since morning for the coffins which on arrival were
kept in a specially erected pedestal.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi condoled the deaths and
announced compensation of Rs two lakh to the families of the
each of the slain jawans. Terming the killings as `heinous`,
he said the memory of the men will forever be etched in the
minds of the people as "heroes".

Senior Assam Minister Khorsing Ingti, state director
general of police Sankar Barua and senior CRPF officials paid
their last respects to the soldiers.

Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and other senior
police officers offered floral tributes to the eight CRPF
jawans after their bodies were placed at group centre in
Bhubaneshwar.

The bodies were later handed over to their family
members.

"I will fight against Maoist more vigorously now," said
23-year-old Bidhu Bhushan Barik, himself a CRPF jawan, after
lighting the funeral pyre of his father who was killed in the
attack.

Bidyadhar Barik, a sub-inspector in the CRPF hailing
from Kendrapara, was among 27 security personnel killed in the
attack in Narayanpur in Chattishgarh.

But his grieving widow Baijayanti now wants her son to
leave the force. "My husband is dead. No mother will want to
see her son meet the same fate," Baijayanti said as she cried
inconsolably.

In Patna, a guard of honour was given to three CRPF
jawans from Bihar.

Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters)
P K Thakur and other senior police officials paid floral
tribute at the Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport here.

The body of CRPF sub-inspector M P Singh was sent to his
ancestral village Matihan in Saran district, while that of
head constable Raju Kumar was sent to Tikatia village in Siwan
district. CRPF head constable Tarkeshwar Rai`s body was sent
to his native village of Barnali in Vaishali.

PTI

First Published: Thursday, July 1, 2010 - 22:24

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