Assam pays last respects to braveheart who laid life for Country
GUWAHATI: The mortal remains of Army Jawan Chitra Saikia, who died battling militants at Handwara in Kupwara district of North Kashmir last Friday, reached to his native of Jagibhakat village in Morigaon district today morning.
Today morning at around 8 am, Chitra's body was flown to Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati where senior army officials paid their last respect.
However, no state officials or public leaders attended the homage paying program at the airport allegedly.
As soon as the body reached his home, a sea of humanity thronged to the area to pay their last respect to the brave soldier and his departed soul.
Locals mourned his loss. "We don't know what to feel. He lost his life in saving the country and us, but we lost a great human being. We are proud of him and thanks God that he was a part of our life," said his school friends.
Chitra, joined the Indian Army in 1999 and was a Naik. He and one Guardsman Jagdish Prasad, become martyrs during an operation by Amry on Friday in Laribal area of Handwara, in which two terrorists were eliminated and a large cache of arms, ammunition and warlike stores were recovered.
Chitra left his widow and two kids in the family.
"He was constructing a new house but he could never see it complete or enjoy it," a relative said.