The mortal remains of Odia soldier Saroj Kumar Das, who lost his life in a tragic flash flood in Sikkim, arrived at Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar on a Saturday afternoon. Odisha Governor Prof. Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, and other dignitaries paid their respects at the airport. The fallen soldier received a guard of honor in the presence of Army officials.
The soldier’s body will be transported to the battalion unit office before being taken to his hometown, Kendudhipa village in Dhenkanal district, under a grand procession. The final rites will be conducted at the village crematorium.
Saroj, who had recently tied the knot in February, had been serving as a dedicated soldier in the army since 2012. He went missing along with 22 other Army personnel during a flash flood in the Teesta River of Lachen Valley, caused by a sudden cloud burst over Lhonak Lake in North Sikkim. His family identified his body through a video call, leaving his village in deep sorrow, as he had visited them just two months prior, and his untimely death has been a shocking tragedy for them.