Guwahati: Last rites of Assam’s braveheart, CRPF ASI Nirod Sarma, was conducted with full state honours at his native village in Dohkaunia village of Nalbari district on Thursday evening.
Assam minister Chandra Mohan Patowary along with top officials of the CRPF and district police were seen paying floral tributes to the mortal remains of the departed hero in the last rites ceremony.
Minister Patowary also turned pallbearer for his mortal remains that reached Guwahati wrapped in a tricolour at 7 in the evening. He was accompanied by media advisor to Assam CM Hrishikesh Goswami.
“With a heavy heart, I paid floral tribute to Swahid Nirod Sharma at LGBI Airport, Borjhar. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family,” Patowary said in a post on his official Twitter handle.
The national anthem was played along with the gun salute as the armed forces bid adieu to the departed hero as the mortal remains were consigned to flames.
Heart-rending scenes were witnessed at the residence of the slain CRPF jawan as family members, relatives and people in hundreds paid their last tribute to the departed soul.
ASI Sarma was killed after terrorists hurled grenades and opened fire at security personnel deployed in a picket duty at Khanabal-Pahalgham road area of Jammu & Kashmir’s Anantnag district late on June 12 evening.
As per reports, militants of a Pakistan-based defunct terror group, ‘Al-Umar Mujahideen’, suddenly attacked a patrol party of the 116 Bn of CRPF stationed in a vehicle on the Khanabal-Pahalgham stretch around 5.15 pm on June 12. The militants first opened fired by automatic rifles, then hurled grenades at the security personnel in which two jawans were martyred and three others were grievously injured.
Meanwhile, in the ensuing gunfight, one terrorist was killed by bullets fired in retaliation by security forces.
The deceased jawans have been identified as Assistant Sub Inspectors Ramesh Kumar,hailing from Haryana’s Jhajja and constables Satendra Kumar, Mahesh Kumar and Sandeep Yadav, residents of Uttar Pradesh;s Muzaffarnagar, Ghazipur and Madhya Pradesh’s Dewas, respectively.
ASI Sarma, who joined the 116 battalion of CRPF in 1991, was posted in Jammu & Kashmir for the past ten years. He is survived by his wife, Junali Devi, and two daughters, Dikshita Sarma, a student of Class IX, and Himangi Sarma, a student of Class VI.
This is the second incident after Pulwama attack in which a braveheart from Assam was martyred in Jammu & Kashmir in a terrorist attack. Maneswar Basumatary from Tamulpur in Assam’s Baksa district was earlier martyred in an attack by Jaish-e- Mohammad in Pulwama, which is termed as the decade’s biggest terror attack on security forces.