A pall of gloom descended Sarupeta in Bajali district of western Assam and Bhagyapur in north Tripura after the mortal remains of the two CRPF jawans, who died during the recent Naxal attack in Chattisgarh, reached their residence.
The two Bravehearts, Assam’s Dilip Kumar Das and Tripura’s Sambhu Roy, were among the 22 jawans who were killed in a four-hour-long gun battle with the Naxalites in the bordering jungles of Bijapur and Sukma district of Chattisgarh last Saturday night.
Mortal remains of Das had arrived at the LGBI Airport in Guwahati in the morning on Tuesday and then, taken to 175 CRPF camp located at Dharapur, where the brave jawan was paid last tribute by top-ranking CRPF and Assam Police officials.
Then Dilip Kumar Das’s mortal remains were taken to his hometown Sarupeta in Bhabanipur under Bajali district, about 121 km from Dharapur, where he was cremated with state honours in his home Bharegaon. Das had joined the CRPF in 2001 and is survived by his wife and two daughters.
In Tripura too, braveheart Shambhu Roy’s mortal remains reached the MBB Airport in Agartala on Tuesday morning where the state’s member of parliament, Pratima Bhowmick along with others paid floral tribute.
From there, he was taken to his village Bhagyapur, about 165 km from Agartala where the CRPF Jawan was cremated with state honour on a field near his residence. Locals have paraded behind the vehicle that carried the remains of Roy before reaching the village.
Roy was a member of the CRPF’s elite commando wing – CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action).
According to Shambhu Roy’s family, he went to Chhattisgarh just two weeks back.
Another CoBRA jawan, Bablu Rabha who hailed from western Assam’s Dudhnoi in Goalpara district was cremated last Monday morning.