Guwahati: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonwal visited the residence of Jharkhand martyr Niraj Chetry at his hometown Helem in Biswanath district and handed over a cheque of Rs 20 lakh to the deceased Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) jawan on Thursday.
Sonowal, along with newly-elected MP from Tezpur Pallab Lochan Das, Behali MLA Ranjit Dutta and senior government and district administration officials, visited Chetry’s residence and paid floral tributes to the martyr.
Chetry died during a Maoist attack at Dumka in Jharkhand in the wee hours of Sunday. Four other SSB jawans, identified as Rajesh Kumar Rai, Sonu Kumar, Satish Gujar and Karan Kumar also received severe bullet injuries in the fierce encounter and are now presently undergoing treatment.
The state government, in a Cabinet meeting held recently, had decided to give Rs 20 lakh as ex gratia to armed forces, paramilitary personnel from Assam martyred outside the state.
Earlier on Tuesday, people turned up in large numbers to pay their last tribute to the martyred hero at his home.
Thousands of people at Kauri Pathar Nepali village of Gohpur carried out a mass rally shouting slogans “Niraj Chetri amar rahe”, as the body of the slain SSB jawan was carried to perform the last rites. An army vehicle decorated with flowers was seen carrying the mortal remains of the martyred hero from state.
As per reports, the last rites of the braveheart from state were performed with full military honours as the mortal remains were consigned to flames. The national anthem was played along with the honouring salute as the armed forces bid adieu to the departed hero.
People who gathered at the ancestral residence of the slain soldier also expressed their condolences to the bereaved family.