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Lance Naik Vivek Kumar cremated in Himachal Pradesh

Born in 1993, Vivek Kumar joined the Army in 2012 and was the sole breadwinner of the family.

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. (Twitter/Jairam Thakur)

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.

Army jawans and the state police accorded him a gun salute.

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.

Family members mourn beside the mortal remains of Lance Naik Vivek Kumar, who died in the Coonoor IAF helicopter crash, in Kangra district. (PTI)

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.

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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.

Born in 1993, Vivek Kumar joined the Army in 2012 and was the sole breadwinner of the family.

MLA Jaisinghpur Ravinder Dhiman, former Minister Sudhir Sharma, Lt. Gen. P. N. Ananthanarayan, Brig. M. K. Sharma, Captain Mangesh Bhosle, Deputy Commissioner Dr Nipun Jindal and SP Khushal Sharma laid wreaths on the coffin.

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Leader of Opposition Mukesh Agnihotri. Congress MLA Asha Kumari, Minister Sarween Chaudhary and Local BJP MLA Ravinder Ravi Dhiman were present at the crematorium and paid homage.

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The chopper crash led to the deaths of Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, his wife and eleven other security personnel.

First published on: 11-12-2021 at 21:37 IST
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