Bodies of four soldiers killed in Kashmir reach Patna

Aug 08, 2013, 04:40 IST | IANS

The bodies of four soldiers of the Bihar Regiment who were killed in Jammu and Kashmir arrived here Wednesday night. Their funerals will take place at their respective villages Thursday, police said

A large number of security personnel and men of the regiment along with hundreds of people gathered near the Patna airport and paid their respect to the soldiers.

The five soldiers were killed when the attackers, including men in Pakistani military uniforms, barged into Indian territory and ambushed an army patrol at Chakan-da-Bagh sector of the Line of Control (LoC), which divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan. One soldier was injured.

The dead are Sambhusaran Rai from Ara in Bhojpur district, Vijay Kumar Rai from Bihta in Patna district, and Prem Nath and Raghunandan Prasad from Saran district. The fifth was from the Mahar Regiment and belonged to Maharashtra.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced a state funeral for all four soldiers, and also a compensation of Rs.10 lakh for their families.

However Rai's widow refused the compensation and demanded "tough" action against Pakistan.

"I will not accept the Rs.10 lakh till the Indian government takes tough action against Pakistan,"said Pushpa Devi. 

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