Pall of gloom in villages of 4 Uri attack martyrs from Maharashtra

People of four villages in Maharashtra turned up in large numbers to share the grief of  the families of four bravehearts from the state, who were  among the 18 jawans martyred in the Uri terror attack.

Published: 20th September 2016 12:10 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th September 2016 12:38 AM   |  A+A-

PAWAN-MARTYR-PTI
By PTI

MUMBAI: People of four villages in Maharashtra turned up in large numbers to share the grief of  the families of four bravehearts from the state, who were  among the 18 jawans martyred in the Uri terror attack. 

Sandip Somnath Thok (24) from Nashik district, Chandrakant  Shankar Galande from Satara, Vikas Janardhan Kulmethe (27)  from Yavatmal district and Panjab alias Vikas Janrao Uike (26)  from Amravati lost their lives in yesterday's terror attack. 

Bodies of three martyrs -- Sandip Thok, Chandrakant  Galande and Vikas Uike -- were brought to Ojhar airport in  Nashik district in an IAF plane from Srinagar, an official  press release issued at Nashik said. 

Maharashtra ministers Dada Bhuse and Girish Mahajan paid  tributes to the three martyrs by placing wreaths on their  coffins at the airport. Army officers and government officials  were also present. The bodies were later taken to the  respective hometowns of the martyrs by road for the last  rites, the release added. 

The body of the fourth martyr, Vikas Janardhan Kulmethe  from Yavatmal district, was being brought to Nagpur by air and  will be taken to his native place by road. 

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government announced financial  assistance of Rs 15 lakh each to the families of the martyrs  from the state. 

Villagers of Jashi in Mann tehsil of Satara district made  a beeline in front of Galande's house ever since the news of  his killing reached the village. Galande's brothers Manjya  Bapu and Keshav are also in the armed forces. 

The family has a house on the outskirts of the village  where the slain soldier's wife and two children live. 

At Khandagali village in Nashik district, the family of  Sandip Somnath Thok, killed in the Uri attack, was mourning  the loss of the soldier who was a bachelor. 

Sandip is survived by parents, elder brother Yogesh and  two married sisters. His father Somnath is an onion farmer. 

Sandip had joined the army in 2014 after repeated  attempts. Ten youths from the village are serving in the armed  forces.

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