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The mortal remains of Lieutenant Colonel Robert TA Kuba of Manipur were laid to rest with full military honours at his native village, sources reaching Imphal said on Sunday.

Kuba lost his life along with a soldier when his patrolling party was hit by an avalanche in Lugnak La region of North Sikkim on Thursday.

The other soldier has been identified as Sapper Sapala Shanmukha Rao.

The funeral service was held at Maram centre village which is located about 80 km north of Imphal in Senapati district on Saturday.

Prior to the funeral service, late Lieutenant Colonel’s mortal remains was airlifted by a chopper to Assam Rifles camp at Maram Bazar from Bir Tikendrajit International airport at Imphal after his body was flown from Bagdogra by an Indian air force plane subsequent reception with full military honour at the Imphal airport, according to family sources.

Meanwhile, condolence messages are also pouring in from various sections.

In a condolence message, state chief minister N Biren singh said, “Apart from serving the Indian Army in different capacities in different parts of the country, he was associated with different sporting events and brought laurels to his Regiment.”

The titular king of Manipur Leishemba Sanajaoba, tribal affairs minister N Kayisii, former state Assembly Deputy Speaker K Raina, former minister Francis Ngajokpa, ADC Senapati Hingba John, Naga People’s Organization, Senapati district women’s association, Senapati district students association, Maram Union, Maram students Union, Maram employees club, Northern Maram defence personnel body and others condoled the sudden and untimely demise of the Army officer.

Eldest son of L Thoiba Angelus and K Karaila, Robert (38) joined the Indian Army after appearing the Technical Entry Scheme examination in June 2000.

After four years of training, he was commissioned into the third Engineers Regiment of the Indian Army as Lieutenant in June 2004.

He then studied at the College of Military Engineering, Pune and earned his B-Tech Civil Engineering degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Later he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2017.

Robert, who leaves behind his wife and two daughters, has four brothers and two sisters.

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