All of Mira Road gathered on the streets of the suburb on Thursday morning, August 9 to pay their respects to Major Kaustubh Rane, 29, who died in a gun battle while foiling an infiltration bid in Jammu and Kashmir on August 7
Major Kaustubh Rane and three soldiers were killed fighting militants in Kashmir's Bandipora district. At least two militants were gunned down in the operation
Major Kaustubh Rane's body arrived in a coffin wrapped in the Indian flag on Thursday in Mumbai and taken to his home in Mira Road
The mortal remains of Major Kaustubh Rane were carried in a flower-bedecked truck to the crematorium
Major Rane, 29, is survived by his aged parents Prakash and Jyoti Rane, sister Kashyapi, wife Kanika and a two-and-half-year-old son Agastya
The shattered and shocked parents of Major Kaustubh Rane barely spoke after getting the news of their only son's death. His uncle P V Rane said, "He always wanted to join the Army. It was his childhood dream."
Major Kaustubh Rane's wife Kanika was inconsolable but proud of her husband. Their son, Agastya, 2, seemed to wonder why his family was in tears
Thousands accompanied the major on his final journey. People even climbed trees and stood on terraces of neighbouring buildings as well as on the compound wall of the crematorium to witness the funeral. Kaustubh Rane's family members had to appeal to the people to maintain peace
Major Rane was cremated with full military honours at the Poonam Nagar Hindu cemetery. Before the martyr's father lit the funeral pyre, the major was honoured with a 21-gun salute by the army
When the family members placed floral wreaths on his body, mourners shouted slogans like 'Vande Mataram', 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' and 'Major Kaustubh Rane Amar Rahe'
When the procession reached the crematorium two hours later, chaos prevailed for some time due to a huge rush of mourners
At a few junctions along the four-kilometre route from the Major's home to the crematorium, flowers were showered on the vehicle
Since Tuesday, the Mira Road township has been in mourning over the death of their hero, who lived over 25 years in Sheetal Nagar area, barely five km north of Mumbai
His father had retired from a Tata Group company, while his mother is a former Assistant Headmistress of Utkarsh Mandir High School in Malad, Mumbai
The only son of his parents, Rane fulfilled his childhood dreams of joining the armed forces by completing his military training from Pune and was later commissioned as an officer from the elite Officers Training Academy, Chennai in 2011
Major Kaustubh Rane was decorated with the Sena Gallantry Medal by President Ram Nath Kovind on the 69th Republic Day celebrations this year
Scores of mourners thronged Major Rane's house in Shital Nagar area in Mira Road on Thursday morning to catch a last glimpse of the army hero. Major Rane was cremated with full military honours. We have pictures (Pics/ Hanif Patel)
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