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20 June 2019

Himansu Mohapatra


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Dhenkanal: Mortal remains of martyred Odia jawan of Indian Army Naik Ajit Kumar Sahoo was consigned to the flames while the entire district as well as thousands of his crestfallen co-villagers and bereft family members bid him a tearful adieu today.

Soon after his body was airlifted to Odisha by flight late last night and taken to his native village Badasuanla, his cortege wrapped up in the Triclour was taken in a huge procession from Kamakhyanagar block and the entire air rented in slogans ‘Amar Rahey’.

He was accorded gun salute and guard of honour by the district administration. The martyr’s mortal remains were consigned to the flames with full state honour at his native village Badasuanla under Kamakhyanagar block in the district here.

Notably, the martyr’s body was scheduled to arrive yesterday evening but reached the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) in Bhubaneswar late last night due to a mechanical snag in the flight which was supposed to airlift his body to Odisha. From the airport his body was taken to the 120 Infantry (TA) Battalion where Indian Army gave the Guard of Honour.

Odisha Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal and leaders of various political parties also paid their tributes to the martyr at Bhubaneswar today morning hours.

Later his body was taken and placed at the mini stadium in Dhenkanal district headquarters town.

On the fateful day (Monday last June 17), an Army Casper- a bullet and mine proof vehicle- of 44 Rashtriya Rifles was attacked by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on its way at Arihal village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district which injured nine jawans. One among them was Ajit, who succumbed to his injuries late in the night while undergoing treatment at a local hospital there.

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Martyr Ajit Kumar Sahoo's Co-Jawan of Indian Army

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Bereft Neighbour

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Rudranarayan Pani, Dhenkanal Resident & Former MP