Villagers paying tributes to martyr Padam Bahadur Shrestha in his native place in Assam’s Golaghat district Credit: EastMojo image

Golaghat: The mortal remains of Havildar Padam Bahadur Shrestha, who died in a ceasefire violation by Pakistani Army at the Line of Control (LoC) in Tangdhar Sector of Kupwara district in north Kashmir in the early hours of October 20, was consigned to flames at his native place, Barpathar, on Wednesday evening with full state honour.

Over 30,000 people, including representatives from civil society groups, political parties, Army and others took part in the in the programme and paid homage to the martyr. Representing Assam government, senior minister Atul Bora, besides the DC and SP of Golaghat district, also took part in the programme, among many other dignitaries, and paid homage to the departed soul.

Earlier, the mortal remains of the martyr arrived in Dimapur Airport on Tuesday and were received by Golaghat SP Pusparaj Singh, DC Dhiren Hazarika and MLA Mrinal Saikia in Dimapur in presence of representatives of various organisations.

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The martyr’s march was arranged by Gorkha volunteers from Dimapur airport, which was later joined by several hundred youths in Khatkhati and Bokajan. Over 550 motorcyclists and 200 vehicles rallied all along from Dimapur to the cremation ground as part of the march.

Meanwhile, Nanda Kirati Dewan, national secretary (youth affairs), Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangha (BGP), has requested Assam minister Atul Bora to rename Barpathar Sukuli Mirigaon Hatighuli Road as Shaheed Padam Bahadur Shrestha Road, to which the minister assured him to take personal initiative and place the demand in the next meeting of the state Cabinet.

Representatives of the All Assam Gorkha Students Union (AAGSU) have also urged the Assam minister to erect a life-size statue of martyr Padam Bahadur Shrestha in Barpathar, his home town.

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