Guwahati: Mortal remains of martyr Pranay Kalita of 4 Assam Rifles, who made ultimate sacrifice for his country during a militant attack in Manipur on Wednesday, was consigned to flames with full state honors on Friday in his native place at Ghatbar Saderi village in Barpeta district.
Gun salute was given to martyr Kalita before the cremation which was attended by a large gathering of people. Representatives from the state government, paramilitary forces, district administration, civic societies, NGOs took part in the cremation.
People from all sections went to the cremation site to show their respect for the martyr.
Earlier, chief minister of Manipur, N Biren Singh, senior dignitaries and staff officers from IGAR (South) paid homage to the martyrs of Assam Rifles during the wreath-laying ceremony organised at Tulihal Airport, Imphal. After the mortal remains reached the Borjhar airport, Assam Rifles jawans, and officials of state government paid tribute to Kalita.
Commissioner of Police Munna Prasad Gupta, CISF commandant Lalalmohan Thakur also paid tributes to the martyr. The remains were then taken to his hometown by an ambulance.
Earlier in the day, following instructions from the state chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, the DC, Barpeta, Munin Sarma, and Superintendent of Police, Rabin Kumar Singh, visited the residence of Pranay Kalita and met the bereaved family members.
Talking to media persons, Sarma said that all necessary arrangements are in place to give full state honor to late Pranay Kalita.
Son of Hari Prasad Kalita and Kalyani Kalita, martyr Pranay Kalita leaves behind his two daughters, who are 13 and two years of age, and his wife, Jumi Kalita. Born on January 26, 1982, Kalita joined the 4 Assam Rifles on March 30, 2001.
Including Pranay Kalita from Assam, Ratan Salam from Manipur, and Methna Konyak from Nagaland of 4 Assam Rifles were also martyred. The incident happened around 6:30 pm at Khongtal village under Chakpikarong police station along the Myanmar border in Chandel district on Wednesday.
Earlier, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal while condemning the senseless attack on Assam Rifles jawans, allegedly by the proscribed militant groups, at Chandel district of Manipur on Wednesday, condoled the death of the jawans.
In a statement, chief minister Sonowal said, “It is really shocking to know the loss of the life of a brave jawanof our state who became an innocent victim of the dastardly attack of the militants. Militancy is not a solution to any problem rather it complicates the situation.”
The indiscriminate attack on the on-duty jawans deserves to be disapproved by all sections, he said.
“This is a testing time for the family of slain jawan Pranay Kalita, as I express my heartfelt empathy with the bereaved family members and pray to God for eternal peace of the departed soul,” Sonowal added.
The chief minister also asked chief secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna to perform the last rites of late Kalita with full state honours.