Sirohi: The mortal remains of Ramesh Chaudhary (27), a BSF jawan posted in Jammu and Kashmir, who got martyrdom, was consigned to flames with full state honours at his native village Nagani in Sirohi district of the state on Tuesday. Before the body was consigned to flames, a guard of honour was also given to the martyr.
Almost 8,000 people from various villages in Sirohi district, Devji Patel, MP, Sirohi, Otaram Dewasi, animal husbandry minister and senior officers including Sandeep Chauhan, superintendent of police, Sirohi and Laxmi Naryan Meena, district collector, Sirohi and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
A large number of youngsters present at the function chanted ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and ‘Ramesh Chaudhary Amar Rahey’ while family members lit the funeral pyre of the martyr. He was posted in Jammu and Kashmir since 2015. “He had come to the village on Raksha Bandhan and while we were insisting him to get married but he wanted to get married only after getting posting outside Jammu and Kashmir,” said Kasnaram Chaudhary, elder brother of the deceased, who lit the funeral pyre.
Ramesh after completing graduation had joined BSF in 2013 and was posted in Jammu and Kashmir since 2015. However, controversy prevailed after the body was consigned to flames as there was not enough wood in the funeral pyre and the body parts had to be consigned to flames separately.
When contacted, Babaram Chaudhary, father of the deceased, said, “His funeral was completed as per the Hindu rituals. I am stunned when some people asked me if his body was cut into pieces since there was less wood to set to fire. He was given due respect and honour by the administration and villagers of nearly 50 villages had attended funeral of my son.”
“We were at the funeral ground for 4 hours. We left after the rituals relating to the funeral were over along with minister Otaram Dewasi and others. I am thankful to the administration and BSF officers for treating my brother as martyr. Whatever is being alleged is baseless. We were doing the ‘Kapal Kriya’ (a ritual done on conclusion of a funeral). I can only say that the sacrifice of a martyr should not be maligned,” said Kasnaram.