Nagrota martyr Major Akshay Girish Kumar cremated with full state honours in Bengaluru
Huge crowds drove in to Jade Garden, a gated community in northern Bengaluru, on Thursday to pay their last respects to Major Akshay Girish Kumar, who died a martyr’s death during the Nagrota terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.
Kumar’s mortal remains arrived in a service aircraft at the Yelahanka Air Force Station in Thursday morning. The body was kept there for some time as a host of visitors streamed in to pay their last respects and Army men paid homage by placing wreaths.
Among the visitors were Law Minister TB Jayachandra, Mayor G Padmavathi, Vice Admiral KO Thakare, Major General KS Nijjar, General Officer Commanding, Karnataka and Kerala Sub Area, commandants of various Army and Air Force units, Bengaluru Police Commissioner N S Megharikh and other serving and retired officers.
Some corporators, who accompanied the mayor, were not allowed into the Air Force Station. The body was then taken to Jade Garden by an Army truck.
Kumar’s parents Girish Kumar and Meghana, wife Sangeetha, two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Naina and twin sister Neha travelled by car to the villa.
Entry into the gated community was regulated by the Army as hundreds of people turned up to pay their last respects.
While relatives were let in though an entrance at the back, others had to queue up at the main entrance manned by police.
After closed-door pre-cremation rituals, the body was taken to the crematorium in Hebbal where the last rites were performed with full state honours.
Hundreds of visitors chanted slogans as the body was taken to the crematorium by the family around 5 pm.
Once the bugle sounded, a pall of silence descended on those gathered as the Army bid farewell to one of their own with full military honours.
Mr. Jayachandra announced an ex gratia payment of Rs. 25 lakh for the next of kin.