As other states, Odisha too bid a tearful adieu to its CRPF jawans Prasanna Kumar Sahu and Manoj Kumar Behera.
The two were amongst the forty who were martyred in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama.
But apart from CM Naveen Patnaik, thousands turned up to pay homage to the martyred brave CRPF personnel.
Their mortal remains were consigned to flames with full state honours in their respective villages in the presence of several dignitaries, including Union and state ministers, and senior officials.
Sahu’s funeral was held at his village in Naugaon area of Jagatsinghpur district and the last rites of Behera were performed at Ratanpur in Niali block of Cuttack district.
Slogans of “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” and “Shahid Amar Rahe” were raised as the bodies of Sahu and Behera reached their villages. Several people paid their last respects.
After the martyrs’ coffins draped in the tri-colour arrived in the state capital earlier in the day, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Jual Oram, state ministers and a host of dignitaries joined the masses in paid homage to the brave jawans.
The administration in Cuttack and Jagatsinghpur districts had made all necessary arrangements for the funeral of the two CRPF men.