Bhubaneswar: Wrapped in Tricolour, the mortal remains of two Odia jawans, who were martyred in the violent clash with Chinese troops in Galwan Valley in Ladakh, reached Bhubaneswar international airport in a special aircraft on Thursday. The mortal remains will be taken to their respective villages in Kandhamal and Mayurbhanj by special ambulances, said sources.
Both of them (Chandrakant Pradhan and Nuduram Soren) were among the 20 Indian army personnel who were martyred in the violent clash with Chinese troops in Galwan Valley at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh on Monday. Soren had joined the 16 Bihar regiment in 1997 while Pradhan was posted as a sepoy with the same regiment for the last six years. They gave the supreme sacrifice for the nation during the clash with Chinese soldiers at Eastern Ladakh. The slain soldiers were given a guard of honour at the airport. A host of dignitaries including Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, senior officials of the Odisha government, armed forces personnel, police officials and other eminent personalities paid their last tributes to the martyred jawans at the airport.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had expressed grief over the death of two Odia jawans in the violent face-off with Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control. He also announced an exgratia of Rs 25 lakh each to the next of the kin of the two jawans. He also praised the bravery and courage of the two martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the motherland.