Martyr Padam Bahadur Shrestha was cremated with full state honours at his Dighalipather village in Assam’s Golaghat in presence of Assam agriculture minister Atul Bora.
Havildar Shrestha was martyred in an unprovoked Pakistani firing in the Line of Control at Kupwara’s Tangdhar sector in Jammu and Kashmir on October 19.
The last rites of the martyr, where more than 30,000 people were present, were also attended by the Golaghat deputy commissioner and the superintendent of police.
The cremation took place at around 6 pm.
The mortal remains of the martyr arrived at the Dimapur Airport in the afternoon on Tuesday.
The mortal remains at Dimapur Airport were received by Golaghat deputy commissioner Dhiren Hazarika, superintendent of police Pusparaj Singh and MLA Mrinal Saikia.
Then the mortal remains were taken to the martyr’s village in a ‘Martyr March’, joined by Gorkhas with more than 550 motorcylces and 200 vehicles.
Our Diphu correspondent adds: The body of Havildar Padam Bahadur Shrestha of 3/9 Gorkha Rifles was received in Bokajan by executive member (EM) of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council, Madhurjya Dhekial Phukan.
At Bokajan, the martyr was honoured by the sub-divisional administration and fellow soldiers.
EM Phukan and SDO (Civil), Bokajan escorted the mortal remains of the martyr to his residence at Dighalipathar in Golaghat.
The ‘Martyrs March’ was also joined by several hundred youths from Khatkhati and Bokajan.
Meanwhile, Nanda Kirati Dewan, national secretary (youth affairs), Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangha, requested Assam minister Atul Bora to rename Barpathar Sukuli Mirigaon Hatighuli Road as Shaeed Padam Bahadur Shrestha Road.
“The minister assured us that the state government will look into the matter and he would personally place the demand in the Cabinet meeting,” Dewan shared.
“All Assam Gorkha Students Union (AAGSU) vice president Prem Newar requested minister Bora to erect a life size statue of martyr Shrestha at Barpathar, the nearest home town of the martyr and the minister assured of considering it,” Dewan further informed.