statesman news service
KOLKATA, 27 JUNE: The body of jawan, Adwaita Nandi, killed in a terrorist ambush at Hyderpora on the outskirts of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir on 24 June, was brought to the Army’s Bengal Area headquarters in Kolkata today and was subsequently sent to his native village in Bankura.
He will be cremated along with his deceased wife, Piu Nandi (22), who immolated herself after hearing about her husband’s death, and died at the Bankura Medical College and Hospital yesterday.
Major-General Harsha Kakar, the Chief of Staff, Bengal Area headquarters, laid a wreath on Adwaita’s body. A large number of Army personnel present on the occasion also paid homage to the departed soldier before the mortal remains were sent to his native village of Pathri in Khatra police station area in Bankura district.
A sepoy, Adwaita was attached to the 35 Rashtriya Rifles and was among the eight soldiers killed in the terrorist ambush on 24 June. Adwaita married Piu about a year-and-a-half ago and had reportedly joined duty in Jammu and Kashmir only last week after spending a month at home.
Meanwhile, a pall of gloom descended on Panchmura a small artisan&’s village in Bankura and the hometown of the martyred Adwaito, after the bodies of the jawan and his wife were taken to the burning ghat in the neighbouring village together.
Thousands of villager gathered at the Pathri burning ghat to pay their last tributes to Adwaito. The station commander of Panagarh Army Base Colonel A S Nijjar led the Armymen carrying Adwaito&’s coffin. State minister and MLA from Bankura, Mr Shyam Mukherjee and SP, Bankura, Mr Mukesh Kumar attended the funeral.
Mr Asim Nandi, younger brother of Adwaito, however, was not present in the cremation as his battalion didn’t grant him leave. Asim joined the Army only last Monday and is posted at Jabalpur.
Mr Mukherjee, the minister, broke into tears and said: “People will remember this tragic scene forever.”