Bhubaneswar: The mortal remains of Odia jawan Hemant Kumar, who was martyred in a terrorist attack in Baramulla of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) two days back, was consigned to flames amid a sorrowful yet proud-feeling atmosphere in his native village Atharanga under Khurda district’s Begunial police limits this morning.
The body was cremated with all State honour. The whole of Atharanga and nearby villagers vibrated with the slogan “Hemant Tume Amar Ruha”. “I feel proud that my son sacrificed life for the country” Hemant’s father Pabitra Panda said in tearful eyes.
Pabitra Panda is a retired jawan of the Indian Army. The 24-year-old martyred soldier was the only son of Pabitra Panda.
Thousands of people from nearby villages thronged Atharanga to witness the funeral pyre of the martyr.
Notably, Panda had sustained bullet injuries in a gun battle between the security personnel and terrorists on Saturday. Later, he died while undergoing treatment in an Army Hospital.
Hemant had come to the village three months ago in holidays before going to Jammu and Kashmir.