Twenty-four years after 2nd Lt E T Joseph died fighting militants in Nagaland in June 1992, his Kerala-based mother, Thressiamma Joseph, along with her two daughters, visited his grave in Chakabama, Nagaland, for the first time on Monday. The visit came on a day Joseph’s remains were exhumed with full religious and military ceremony in order to be shifted to the family’s native village — in Kottayam district of Kerala.
Local military officers and his coursemates from the Indian Military Academy, from where Joseph had graduated in 1991, were present on the occasion.
“My wife has finally received peace of mind. We are very grateful to the Army and the coursemates of our son for organising everything. We now look forward to burying him in the graveyard in our village,” the late officer’s father, Subedar Major A T Joseph (retd) said.
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As reported by The Indian Express on September 3, the visit was organised by the Army and Joseph’s coursemates to mark the 25th anniversary of their graduation from the IMA in 1991.
Col Sajan Moideen (retd), one of the organisers of the visit for Joseph’s family members, said the exhumed remains were sent to Dimapur, in Assam, after which they will be taken to Kolkata, “A wreath laying ceremony will be organised by the Headquarters 3 Corps, (and in Kolkata) the Eastern Command headquarters will organise a ceremony to pay respect,” he said.