Mamring: The funeral rites of late Dr Sanjay Upreti was held on Saturday at his native village in Mamring on the river banks of River Teesta. The funeral ceremony was attended by Chief Minister Prem Singh Golay, along with his cabinet of ministers, doctors, healthcare workers and scores of former patients and well-wishers of the cardiologist.

Dr Sanjay Upreti breathed his last at 3:40 am on Friday in the Neotia Hospital, while his postmortem was conducted in North Bengal Medical College. His martyred body was brought back to Mamring in South Sikkim on Friday evening.

The deceased doctor was welcomed by his colleagues at Sikkim’s entry check-post town Rangpo, after which his body was taken to his home on late Friday evening.

On Saturday evening, scores of people had gathered at his residence including the Chief Minister. Around 11 am, his martyred body was taken to the river bank for funeral rituals.

At the funeral site, ahead of the lighting of the funeral pyre, Sikkim Police’s Third Indian Reserve Batallion gave a 21 gun salute to the ‘hero’ doctor with full state honours as his body was draped in the National Flag.

Following the funeral proceedings, Sikkim Chief Minister announced that the State Government will recommend Dr Sanjay Upreti for the bravery award.

A visibly emotional Chief Minister in his address to the media stated, “The death of Dr Sanjay Upreti, from a personal level as well as on behalf of the State government, I extend my condolences. His death is a loss not just for his family, but the entire state. His sacrifice was in an attempt to save others’ lives. He lost his life in the process. We respect his sacrifice. We pray that his soul rests in peace. His funeral rites were conducted as per the state honours. I want to pray that his family gets strength in these testing times.”

On the major loss to the Sikkimese health sector, Golay added, “It’s a big loss as he was a super-specialist. Along with his profession, he was a wonderful human being. Not just to his patients, but also in helping people in general. It’s a big loss to the medical fraternity as well as to our Sikkimese society.”

On widespread call for a bravery award to be recommended for the hero doctor, the Sikkim CM said, “For his bravery, we will recommend to the central government, as well as from the State government as per the legal grounds, whatever help that needs to be given to his family, we will ensure it happens. We will recommend him for a bravery award to the centre, as he lost his life on duty.”

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