Guwahati: Indian Army troopers in a solemn ceremony that was held at Leimakhong in Imphal West District of Manipur on Monday, bid the final farewell to Lungambui Abonmei, a Manipur sepoy who was martyred at Jammu and Kashmir in the line of duty.
The soldier, who was laid to rest with full military honours, made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty along Line of Control in Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir on Jun 13, army officials informed.
According to reports, the 29-year-old, who was with 10 Assam Regiment, was gravely wounded in the firing and breathed his last on Sunday. His death was later condoled by the State's Chief Minister N Biren Singh, who tweeted, "Service to the nation with supreme sacrifice is the highest form of patriotism. You left us for the comfort & safety of 130 crore Indians. The nation is proud of Sepoy Lungambui Abonmai (from Manipur). My deepest condolence with the bereaved family. May his soul rest in peace."
Earlier in the day, the mortal remains of Abonmei were flown in from Delhi to Imphal in an aircraft. Before being taken to Leimakhong, serving troops paid their respects to the martyr in a wreath-laying ceremony at Tulihal Airport.
At around 5:40 pm on June 15, the cortege of the martyred soldier was paid its last respects by the local military commanders from the Army as the buglers sounded the Last Post. The Indian Tricolour was handed over to Elizabeth, the late Sepoy's wife, in the presence of a host of relatives, friends and veterans of Leimakhong.