Along with the rest of the country, Assam is remembering the slain soldier Maneswar Basumatary from Baksa district on his first death anniversary who was killed in a car bomb attack in Pulwama last year.
While tributes have started pouring in from all quarters, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) too posted a remembrance tweet saluting the martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the service of the nation. “We did not forget, we did not forgive” they wrote on Twitter.
At least 40 jawans were martyred in the Pulwama attack that took place on February 14th, 2019 at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir where a JeM terrorist rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into the bus carrying CRPF personnel. The vehicle used by the terrorists was a Mahindra Scorpio carrying more than 350 kg of explosives.
The 47-year-old CRPF’s head constable from Kolbari village in Tamulpur of Baksa was among the 40 jawans killed in the terror attack in Pulwama. Born on 1971, Basumatary joined the CRPF in 1994 and is survived by his wife and two children.
Recalling her father’s wish, Didwmshree, Basumatary’s daughter said that he had a desire to get a family photo together before leaving for duty on February 4th which somehow remained unfulfilled as her brother was away in Kokrajhar for some work. The family shared that a year has passed but the loss of a family member is still inconsolable and heart-wrenching.
Earlier the son of slain CRPF jawan demanded that the armed forces should carry out surgical strikes in Pakistan in order to teach the neighbouring country a lesson for carrying out a cowardly attack.
Basumatary’s coffin, draped in the national flag, was brought to his village in an Indian Army helicopter on February 16th, 2019. The last rites were performed at a playground near to his house by his son, Dhananjay.
Chief Minister Sonowal announced an ex gratia of Rs 20 lakh for Basumatary’s family and provided a government job to his daughter.
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