With valour he served country, in silence of midnight he arrived for funeral rites

Martyred Jawan Ajit Sahoo’s mortal remains arrived in Bhubaneswar late last night and was given a final send off to his native place for funeral. Tributes were paid to him in Bhubaneswar by many

Bhubaneswar: When martyred Odia Jawan Naik Ajit Sahoo’s mortal remains reached the capital city late last midnight, everything had fallen silent. When the whole city had slept, the brave soldier who laid his life for the motherland arrived in a coffin as if with an intention not to disturb anyone. Providentially the flight carrying his mortal remains was also delayed.

However, as is wont, tributes were paid to Sahoo as soon as his body reached here. Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal, Ministers Ashok Panda and Prafulla Mallick and MLA Ranendra Pratap Swain, Bhubaneswar-Central MLA Anant Narayan Jena and BJP leader Prakash Mishra offered floral tributes to Sahoo.

“We are living peacefully in the country only because of the sacrifice of these brave soldiers,” said Ganeshi Lal, Governor.

Expressing grief, Minister Prafulla Mallick said the State government will provide all kind of support to the bereaved family of the martyred jawan.

As soon as the mortal remains of Sahoo arrived at the city airport at around 1.30 am, it was taken to the 120 Battalion to be given the Guard of Honour.

Later the mortal remains were sent to his native place in Dhenkanal. The body of the jawan was kept at the Dhenkanal Collectorate for general public to pay tributes.

“We are proud of him (Ajit) as he sacrificed his life for the country,” said Parameswara Sahoo, brother of the martyred jawan.

On June 17, Ajit Sahoo was injured in an IED blast in Jammu & Kashmir’s Pulwama district and later succumbed.

Sahoo, a resident of Badasuanla village in Kamakhyanagar block of Dhenkanal district in Odisha, had joined the Indian Army in 2015.