Grief and anger as Maharashtra bids final farewell to martyrs

At Nandgaon (Khandeshwar) town in Amravati, Vikas Uike’s father, Janrao, saluted the mortal remains of his son for the last time.

By: Express News Service | Nagpur | Published:September 21, 2016 12:42 am
 uri, uri terror attack, uri soldiers dead, indina army, 18 soldiers dead, maharashtra homage, homage to martyrs, martyr homage, sepoy vikas janrao, indian express news, india news, uri news Uike’s father Janrao salutes him, at Nandgaon Tuesday. Express photo

Thousands turned out for the funeral of Sepoy Vikas Janrao Uike and Sepoy Vikas Janardhan Kulmethe at their respective native places Tuesday as both soldiers were cremated with full military honours.

At Nandgaon (Khandeshwar) town in Amravati, Vikas Uike’s father, Janrao, saluted the mortal remains of his son for the last time.

Just like Monday, the town observed a compete bandh on Tuesday to pay homage to the slain soldier. Angry mourners also burnt the effigy of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during the day. Present during Uike’s cremation were District Guardian Minister Pravin Pote, Collector Kiran Gite, SP Lakhmi Gautam and MLA Anil Bonde.

The scene was no different in Yavatmal’s Garad village where the last rites of Sepoy Vikas Janardhan Kulmethe were performed.

Holding her eight-month-old daughter close, Vikas Kulmethe’s wife, Neha, broke down as her husband’s coffin arrived in the morning. The martyr’s parents, Janardan and Vimal, wept inconsolably clutching their son’s coffin. As a mark of respect to the slain sloider, several shops in the area remained shut Tuesday.