Teary farewell given to Rakesh Chandra Raturi
A teary farewell has been given to the martyred soldier Rakesh Chandra Raturi who was killed in the terror attack on Sunjuwan Armycamp in Jammu and Kashmir on January 10 at Kharkhari cremation grounds with full State honour on Wednesday. His son performed the ritualistic ‘Mukhagni’ before the mortal remains of the martyr were consigned to flames in the presence of the Assembly Speaker Prem Chand Aggarwal and many senior district officers. Raturi was one of the four soldiers slain in the terror strike on the Army camp. Many of those present, his relatives, friends and neighbours, vented their anger over the death by shouting slogans against Pakistan and demanding reprisal against such terror strikes by the terrorists ,allegedly being nurtured and armed by the neighbouring country.
An uncle of the martyr, Sekhram Raturi said that the family was proud of having begot one who had made a supreme sacrifice for the country. However, in the same breath, he said that the Pakistan-nourished terrorists unleashing strikes frequently in India, the Centre must go for some decisive action against the neighbouring State. “India must go for a full-fledged war on the lines of the same waged in 1971,” he said.
Other relatives and friends present during the cremation said that the number of those from Pakistan being killed in retaliatory action by the Indian Army is much less than those from India slain during the terror strikes being perpetrated from across the border.
The U’khand Guv Krishan Kant Paul also paid homage to the martyr. Saluting his bravery, the Governor expressed condolences to the aggrieved family. On the Governor's behalf, protocol officer Santosh Saklani laid a floral wreath on the martyr"s body to pay homage. CM Trivendra Singh Rawat reached the Badowala residence of the Raturis where he paid homage to the martyr. Consoling the bereaved family, he said that the State Government would provide all possible help to the family. One member of the bereaved family will be provided a Govt job according to educational qualification. Regarding the terrorist actions being orchestrated by Pakistan, the Chief Minister said that the neighbouring nation appeared to be crossing the threshold by persisting in terrorism. The Indian army, being among the best armies in the world, required action in this regard should be left to the Army, he added. The State Min for higher education Dhan Singh Rawat, Haridwar MP and former CM Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, MLAs Vinod Chamoli, Ganesh Joshi and the BJP State president Ajay Bhatt were also among those who paid homage to the martyr.
The Vidhan Sabha Speaker and Rishikesh MLA, Prem Chand Aggarwal also echoed the same sentiment, saying that the time has come for a decisive action to tackle Pakistan once and for all.
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