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    Pulwama Attack: Home They Brought Her Warrior Dead, Assam Salutes Braveheart

    Tamulpur/Guwahati, February 16, 2019

    Their heart was heavy but Maneshwar Basumatary‘s family members, relatives, and hundreds of people from Kolbari village in Tamulpur of Baksa district of Assam held their heads high as the martyr CRPF jawan of 98th Battalion was cremated on February 16th, 2019.

    The coffin, draped in the national flag, was brought to his village at around 7:45 pm in an Indian Army helicopter. Despite their desperate attempt to get the last glimpse of him, the coffin remained sealed and the family and friends inconsolable. Thousands joined the fallen CRPF soldier on his last journey.

    A photo of martyred Maneshwar Basumatary with wife Sunmati.

    The 47-year-old CRPF’s head constable was among the 40 jawans killed in terror attack in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14th, 2019. Born on 1971, Basumatary joined the CRPF in 1994.

    The body of Basumatary, who is survived by his wife and two children, was brought to the LGBI Airport in Guwahati at around 6:20 pm and then taken to Kolbari village. After his inconsolable family and friends paid rich tributes, the coffin was taken to the playground near to his house where his last rites were performed. Basumatry was accorded a state funeral.

    The highly-charged atmosphere at the cremation ground was all about grief and anger. Photo: TIME8

    The tricolour-wrapped coffin was brought to the cremation ground at around 8:45 pm as young and old alike offered their tributes and said a silent prayer for the departed soul. Koto Jowanor Mrityu Hol by legendary music maestro Bhupen Hazarika played in the background. The highly-charged atmosphere at the cremation ground was all about grief and anger. His son, Dhananjay lit his pyre as wails rent the air.

    An eerie silence prevailed all around with people fighting back tears. The long silence was swept over the grief-stricken crowd as the soldiers fired three rounds in the air. The pyre was lit and the fire and smoke had enveloped the grief and anger in the air with the angry family members and villagers still struggling to come to terms with the death of a beloved son, a brother, a friend, a husband and a father.

    Lending a shoulder

    Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma along with other officials on February 16th, 2019 carried the coffin, wrapped in the national flag on their shoulder, of CRPF soldier Basumatray who was killed in the car bombing in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on February 14th, 2019. Chief Minister Sonowal has announced an ex gratia of Rs 20 lakh for Basumatary’s family.

    Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal with Assam ministers Himanta Biswa Sarma and Chandra Mohan Patwory and Mangaldoi MP Ramen Deka at the LGBI Airport. Photo: TIME8

    In Tamulpur, Assam Industry and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, Assam Social Welfare Minister Pramila Rani Brahma and Media Adviser to the Chief Minister Hrishikesh Goswami stood with the bereaved family members of Basumatary.

    The Ministers consoled Basumatry’s daughter Didwm Shree, who is pursuing a diploma in elementary education, and his son Dhananjay, who is doing his graduation in Kokrajhar. Assam, DGP Kuladhar Saikia also offered his tributes and condolences to Basumatary’s family. Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Assam Sahitya Sabha and Tamulpur Press Club also paid rich tributes to jawan Basumatary.

    Chief of Bodoland Territorial Council and Bodoland Peoples’ Front supremo Hagrama Mohilary and Assam BJP chief Ranjeet Kumar Das also visited the family members of Basumatary.

    Leave applications

    Aadhaar cards, leave applications and some personal items were the things that helped identify the bodies of CRPF soldiers who were killed in a car bomb attack in Pulwama. They said the bodies of the troops were charred due on the high-intensity impact of the RDX-triggered blast.

    LIC Rangia Branch settled the death claims of martyred Maneshwar Basumatary on February 16th, 2019. Photo: TIME8

    ‘New India’

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that each drop of tear shed in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack would be avenged. “This is a “new India” which will not tolerate those who provide guns and bombs to target security personnel. I salute the brave soldiers and the mothers who gave birth to them,” he said.

    Fight terrorism

    The political parties in the opposition and the government said India was determined to fight terrorism in a resolution adopted at the end of an all-party meeting in New Delhi on February 16th, 2019 to discuss the Pulwama terror attack that left 40 security personnel dead.

    Army Major Killed

    A Major-rank Army officer was killed on February 16th, 2019 while defusing an improvised explosive device at Nowshera sector in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri. The officer is from the Corps of Engineers. The explosive had been planted by intruders from Pakistan about 1.5 kilometres inside the Line of Control.

    PM Narendra Modi said that a befitting reply will be given to the perpetrators of the heinous attack and their patrons.

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