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Mechanical Snag Delays Airlifting Of Martyred Jawan Ajit Sahoo’s Body To Odisha

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Bhubaneswar: Even though the body of martyred Army Jawan Ajit Kumar Sahoo was being airlifted to Odisha for the last rites of his mortal remains at his nativity in Dhenkanal district today, mechanical snag in the flight delayed it.

Hence, the body is expected to arrive here late night and to be sent to the martyred Jawan’s village tomorrow morning.    

Talking to media at the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) here today afternoon, Dhenkanal District Emergency Officer Shashank Shekhar Mishra said, “As I was informed by the 120 TA Battalion of Indian Army, the flight in which the body was being airlifted to Bhubaneswar airport developed some mechanical snag. The flight is being repaired. The authorities may also send the body by another flight.”

He added, “It may further delay sending the body to his native place in Dhenkanal. Hence, the authorities are planning to keep the body in a mortuary here if it reaches late night. Under such circumstances, the body will be sent to the village in Dhenkanal tomorrow morning.”

“As I guessed from the information, tonight it is not possible to shift the body to the village so late. There is possibility of sending here the body if the next flight could be arranged. They are trying to have another flight but due to late night arrival, the Army authorities are hesitating to send the body to our district,” the District Emergency Officer informed. 

Notably, Odia Jawan Ajit Kumar Sahoo was martyred in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. On the fateful day, 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.

Ajit Kumar Sahoo hail from Badasuala of Dhenkanal district’s Kamakhyanagar block.

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Shashank Shekhar Mishra, District Emergency Officer, Dhenkanal