Jammu bids tearful adieu to Narayanpur martyr

published on July 1, 2010

Pioneer News Service | Jammu

Months ago when Tilak Raj, a CRPF jawan, left home to join duty in Chhattisgarh he had promised to bring back lots of gifts for his yet to be born child, but on Thursday he returned home draped in the Indian tricolour but empty handed.

He was one of the 27 CRPF soldiers killed in the gruesome attack by Maoists in Narayanpur, on Tuesday.

Son of a temple priest, Manohar Lal Tilak had joined CRPF at a very young age in 2004 and had served in Ayodhya, before moving to Chattisgarh in 2009. He got married a year ago and his wife was expecting their first child in the coming months.

Being the elder son, Tilak was very caring and responsible, Jugal Kishore his elder cousin told media persons at Jammu airport, before he took the martyr’s body to his native village for the last journey. He said the entire village in Billawar is mourning the sacrifice of their brave son by downing their shutters since Wednesday.

CRPF Deputy Inspector General Kulbir Singh along with several other CRPF and State police officers paid homage to the brave soldier at Jammu airport, before the mortal remains were taken for the last rites.

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