The Indian Army on Monday offered full military honours during the last rites of Naik Satai Bhushan Rameshrao, who was martyred in the unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.
In a solemn ceremony, the army paid homage to the gallant soldier on behalf of the nation as several political and administrative dignitaries, senior defence officials, family members, friends and thousands of locals bid tearful adieu to the braveheart of Nagpur. Maharashtra state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, Energy Minister Nitin Raut, who is also Nagpur's guardian minister, laid wreaths on the soldier's body at the Brigade of the Guards Regiment parade ground at Kamptee.
Senior Army officers, public representatives and Nagpur administration officials also paid homage to Satai.
Later, the body was taken to Katol where hundreds of locals attended the last rites of the jawan. The mortal remains of Satai (28), who was posted as Naik in the Maratha Light Infantry and was a native of Katol town in the district, were transported to Nagpur on Sunday evening, the district information office said in a release.
The body was kept at the Army Cantonment at Kamptee in the city. Satai, whose father is a labourer, joined the Army in 2011.
On Friday, Pakistan indulged in heavy cross-border shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in which five security forces personnel and six civilians were killed.