Jammu, Jan 29 (UNI) Captain Sunil Kumar Choudhary, who scarified his life just a day after being awarded the Sena Medal for gallantry services, was cremated here today at his native Kathua town with full military honours.
Senior Army and civil officers laid floral wreaths on the tri-colour-wrapped coffin of the 27-year-old gallant officer, who was given the last salute by the men-in-olive at Govindsar village.
Hundreds of locals also participated in the funeral procession of Capt Chaudhary, who had attained martyrdom in a counter-insurgency operation at village Barapathar in Tinsukia, Assam.
The Gorkha officer had killed two militants banned ULFA's 28 Battalion, even after being shot in his neck.
The body of the martyr was flown in a special aircraft from Dibrugarh to Pathankot last morning, from where it brought to his native place in the evening.
Capt Chaudhary was awarded a Sena Medal for gallantry, in the awards announced on the Republic Day--a day before he attained martyrdom--for an operation against the ULFA at Nabjothi (Tinsukia) in July last year, wherein two militants, including a self-styled 'action group commander' of the outfit Sgt Palash Moni, were killed.
Son of a serving Army officer, Lt Col P L Chaudhary, Capt Chaudhary was commissioned from IMA, Dehradun, into 7/11 Gorkha Rifles regiment on December10, 2004. His brother, Flying Officer Ankur, is serving in the Indian Air Force.
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