Bhubaneswar, Oct 7: The mortal remains of Odia Jawan Saroj Kumar Das, who was martyred in the tragic flash flood in Sikkim a few days ago, reached Odisha on Saturday.
Odisha Governor Prof. Ganeshi Lal and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik along with other state-level dignitaries paid homage to Das at the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar airport in the afternoon.
The martyred jawan was presented a guard of honour here in the presence of Army officials and state-contingent of the Odisha Police.
Following the regards, the mortal remains of the jawan were taken to the 120 Battalion unit office. Subsequently, the body was taken to his native place at Kendudhipa village under Kamakhyanagar block in Dhenkanal district in a grand procession.
The last rites of the martyr were performed at the village crematorium where a lot of prominent personalities and officials of the district administration paid adieus to the son of the soil.
Worth mentioning, Saroj had gone missing along with 22 other Army personnel following a flash flood in the Teesta River of Lachen Valley due to a sudden cloud burst over Lhonak Lake in North Sikkim. He was part of the Army team that reportedly went missing in the disaster. Saroj had been serving as a Jawan in the army since 2012.
A pall of gloom descended in the Kamakshya Nagar area after the martyr’s mortal remains reached here.