Bodies of slain CRPF jawans taken to native states
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Last Updated: Thursday, July 01, 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.


First Published: Thursday, July 01, 2010, 22:24

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