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State Salute Martyrs


Atmosphere was somber at the Biju Patnaik International Airport here as the aircraft carrying the bodies of Nanduram Soren of Rairangpur in Mayurbhanj district and Chandrakanta Pradhan of Biarpanga in Kandhamal reaqched here..

Governor Ganeshi Lal and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and other dignitaries present at the airport to pay their last tributes to the slain Jawans.
 
Both of themlaid down their lives for the country's sovereignty and integrity.
 
Prof.Lal and Mr.Patnaik paid floral tributes and placed wreaths on the tricolour-wrapped caskets containing the mortal remains of Duo.
 
Personnel of the three services -- Army, Air Force and Navy -- were present at the airport.

Chief Minister lauded their sacrifice for the motherland and had announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 25 lakh each from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund for the next of kin of the martyrs on 17 June.
 
The bodies were later taken to their native villages in Kandhamal and Mayurbhanj districts by separate ambulances.
 
Nanduram and Chandrakant were among the 20 Indian soldiers who were killed in the Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh on 16 June night during a fierce skirmish with Chinese Army, in the first such incident involving fatalities after 45 years, marking a massive escalation in the five-week border standoff in the most sensitive region in the border.
          


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