After paying the ultimate sacrifice by defending India’s sovereign territory to the death, the mortal remains of Havildar Hempiar R Marak of the 59th Field Regiment was buried with full military honours in his home village of Salpara, North Garo Hills, today, with hundreds of people coming out to pay their respects.
Marak died while on duty on November 28 along the Line of Control in Kashmir.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma paid tribute to the fallen hero on social media. A delegation of army officers and fellow soldiers accompanied Marak’s body home last night.
“My deepest condolences to the family of Havildar Hempiar R Marak who died while on duty in the LoC in Kashmir. He is being laid to rest at his native village in North Garo Hills district today. Salute him for his service to the nation,” the CM said.
The body was given a guard of honour at the funeral, with the coffin laid to rest in the presence of family and neighbours, who brought flowers and said prayers for the departed. Police officers and a magistrate were also present, and placed floral wreaths on the coffin, to represent the Meghalaya government.