Statue of martyr Maneswar Basumatary that has been constructed at his native village in Assam’s Baksa district Credit: EastMojo image

Kokrajhar: A rich floral tribute was offered to national martyr Maneswar Basumatary, who died in the Pulwama attack, on his first death anniversary on Friday.

He hailed from Kolobari under Tamulpur subdivision of Assam’s Baksa district.

Martyr Basumatary was one of 40 CRPF jawans who were killed during the convoy ambushed perpetrated by Pakistani militants at Pulwama in Jammu & Kashmir on February 14 last year.

CRPF jawans were on way to the Pulwama in a large number of security vehicles in Jammu & Kashmir when militants attacked with bombing and indiscriminate firing that left 40 dead.

The anniversary was organised by villagers from Kolobari village society for recalling martyr Basumatary. A ‘Bathow’ prayer was carried out on the occasion where followers of the religion and residents from different communities participated.

Moreover, the CRPF jawans presented a guard of honour during the death anniversary observation.

Rajya Sabha MP Biswajit Daimary inaugurated the statue of the martyr which was constructed at his native village. “Martyr Basumatary became a martyr for the cause of the country. He sacrificed his life for the security of the country and that is why this region (Tamulpur) is proud of him,” said Daimary while inaugurating the statue.

Several officials from the district administration including CRPF inspector general from Shillong, Prakash D, also attended the event.

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