An Assam Rifles jawan from Meghalaya passed away at Commandant Hospital in Lucknow, following sudden illness.
36-year-old Rahboklang Nongrum served the nation for 16 years as the general soldier of the Assam Rifles.
After passing an examination for the officer post this year, Rahboklang was undergoing training at the Officers’ Training Academy, Gaya in Bihar to join as Assistant Commandant.
While undergoing training at the OTA Gaya, Rahboklang got heat exhaustion and immediately admitted at the Military Hospital, Gaya on October 5.
Later on October 10, he was shifted to Commandant Hospital Lucknow for further treatment but passed away on October 16.
Rahboklang is the son of Aiphli Nongrum and late Joseph Nongkhlaw of Demthring, Shillong.
The army jawan left behind his wife Banrihun Marbañiang, and son Ozias Marbañiang, mother and his seven siblings and cousins.
According to his elder cousin brother, K. Geoffrey Nongrum, the passing away of Rahboklang was unexpected and so painful to the family especially when his son completed six years old on October 16.
“This brother (Rahboklang) got the inspiration to join the army from our brother, Captain Clifford and he really worked hard to pass the exam to become an army officer. We all were very happy a few months ago when he passed the examination, but unfortunately, we lost him so soon and unexpectedly,” Geoffrey said as he mourned.
The mortal remains of Rahboklang reached Shillong on October 17 night, and the funeral will be held on October 19 at the Catholic Cemetery Nongshiliang, Nongthymmai.
Rahboklang was the cousin brother of Kargil War Martyr Captain Keishing Clifford Nongrum.