Shock, anger and respect were the prevailing emotions as the bodies of army soldiers killed in the Uri terror attack were flown in to their respective hometowns on Monday. Sombre senior army officials, jawans (soldiers) of the Eastern Command, and teary-eyed relatives of the martyrs were present at the NSC Bose International Airport in Kolkata when the coffins carrying the mortal remains of Sepoys Gangadhar Dolui and Biswajit Garai were flown in by the aircraft C 130 on Monday evening.
Senior army officials laid wreaths as soldiers saluted their martyred colleagues. Dolui hailed from Jamuna Balia village in Howrah district, while Garai was a resident of South 24 Parganas district's Ganga Sagar. Meanwhile, parents of Sepoy Dolui have demanded justice and strict punishment for the perpetrators, amid an all-pervading gloom at Jamuna Balia village. “I demand justice and strict punishment for those who killed my son," Doluia's mother said.
Seven other bodies of Indian Army soldiers belonging to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar were brought to Lal Bahadur Shastri International airport, Babatpur on Monday afternoon. Lance Naik RK Yadav, Sepoy Ganesh Shankar, Sepoy Harinder Yadav, and Sepoy Rajesh Kumar Singh belonged to eastern UP, while Havildar Ashok Kumar Singh, Sepoy Rakesh Singh and Naik Sunil Kumar Vidyarthi were the natives of Bihar.
The wreath laying ceremony took place at the airport after the bodies arrived. Later, the mortal remains were taken to the respective homes of soldiers to lay them to rest finally.