Srinagar: With the bugler playing the ‘last post’, Home Minister Rajnath Singh turned a pall-bearer on Friday as the bodies of 40 CRPF soldiers killed in Kashmir were sent on their last journey home.
Singh, accompanied by a high-level team comprising officials from the CRPF, NIA and Home Ministry, arrived here Friday afternoon and drove straight to the adjacent CRPF campus where a wreath laying ceremony was held for the slain CRPF personnel.
As the bugler played the ‘last post’ and guard called for ‘shok salami shastra’ (reversing of arms in honour of fallen soldiers), a two-minute silence was observed after which the home minister shouldered the coffin of a soldier that was being taken to his native place in a special aircraft.
The home minister, Governor Satya Pal Malik, Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, CRPF Director General RR Bhatnagar, Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbagh Singh, besides others attended the wreath laying ceremony.
“The nation will not forget the supreme sacrifice of our brave CRPF jawans. I have paid my last respects to the martyrs of Pulwama. The sacrifice will not go in vain,” Singh said.
The dignitaries stood in silence till the coffins were loaded in a truck, which went to the Srinagar airport, the official said.