LoC martyrs cremated with full state honours
Zee Media Bureau
Patna: The five Indian Army soldiers, who were killed in an ambush by Pakistani soldiers on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir two nights ago, were cremated with full state honours on Thursday.
The five brave soldiers were given a Guard of Honour ahead of their cremation in their respective villages.
As the pyres were being lit, thousands of villagers who had gathered shouted slogans against Pakistan and demanded tough action against the soldiers’ killing.
Four of those martyrs were from 21 Bihar Regiment and their bodies were brought to Patna at 10 pm last night in a special Air Force plane.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced a state funeral for the four martyrs from the state along with a compensation of Rs. 10 lakh each for their families, which have refused to take compensation and demanded action against Pakistan.
Sepoy Vijay Kumar Rai, 27, of Bihta in rural Patna, Lance Naik Shambhu Saran Singh, 29, from Bhojpur, Naik Premnath Singh, 35, and Sepoy Raghunandan Prasad, 23, from Chhapra were deployed on the Sarla forward post in Chakan-Da-Bagh sector of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir.
The fifth soldier killed in the attack, 36-year-old Naik Pundalik, was part of the 14 Maratha Light Infantry and was from Mane, Kolhapur in Maharashtra.
Sepoy Vijay Kumar Rai and Naik Premnath Singh were cremated with full state honours. While Rai was cremated at Samhauta village in Bihar’s Saran district, Premnath’s last rites were performed at his village, Bihta in Patna.
Meanwhile, Martyr Shambhu Saran Ray`s funeral rites were performed in Jagdishpur, Ara in the state of Bihar.
Preparations are in final stage for cremation of two other soldiers - Sepoy Raghunandan Prasad and Lance Naik Shambhu Saran Singh - at their respective village.
Prem Nath, Vijay Kumar and Shambhu Saran had been with the Army for at least a decade and have young children.
23-year-old Raghunanadan Prasad had joined the army two years ago. In his last call to his family back in village Nautan, he had exulted about his fascination with life in the army.
Meanwhile, the mortal remains of Naik Kundalik Mane were today consigned to flames with full military honours at his native village Pimpalgaon in Kolhapur district of western Maharashtra.
Hundreds of people gathered at the cremation ground to pay their homage to the 36-year-old soldier of Maratha Light Infantry, who was martyred in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir on the wee hours of Tuesday.
Cries of "Bharat Mata ki Jai" filled the air as the gun salute reverberated before the funeral pyre was lit.
Earlier, military officers, Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil, BJP leader Gopinath Munde paid their tribute by laying floral wreaths on Mane`s body.
Officers of the Southern Command had paid their respects to the martyr when the body arrived at Pune airport from Delhi late last night before being transported to Kolhapur by road.
The jawans were on what is called an area domination patrol when 20 heavily armed Pakistanis attacked them at around 2 am. A sixth jawan has been seriously injured in the attack by the Pakistanis and is in a military hospital.
Army Chief General Bikram Singh paid tribute to the martyrs in Jammu on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Defence Minister is expected to clarify on the incident and issue a fresh incident today in Parliament.
With PTI inputs
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