Saturday, December 11, 2021

Lance Naik Vivek Kumar cremated in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla: The body of Para Commando Lance Naik Vivek Kumar, who died in the Tamil Nadu chopper crash, was cremated Saturday afternoon with full state and military honours in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district.

His younger brother, Sumit Kumar, lit the pyre at the Kanjeshwar Mahadev crematorium in Lambagaon town, about 15 km from his home village of Thehedu.

Vivek Kumar’s wife, Priyanka, dressed in bridal attire, thrice raised the slogan: “Mera Fauji Amer Rahe” at the crematorium, drawing tears from all present.

Earlier, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur received the Para Commando’s body at the Gaggal airport and paid tribute, laying a wreath on his coffin.

Thousands of people and several vehicles accompanied the procession road from Gaggal airport to Thehedu and then Lambagaon. Thakur was also seen consoling Ramesh Chand, the father of the soldier.

Vivek Kumar’s wife Priyanka said: “I am very proud of my husband. He had many dreams for the upbringing of our six-month-old child. I will fulfil all those wishes.”

His mother requested the government to provide employment to some family members.

Chief Minister Thakur said the state government has provided Rs 5 lakh as immediate relief to the bereaved family. He also announced an additional Rs 5 lakh to the family from his discretionary fund.

11/12/21 Om Prakash Thakur/Indian Express

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