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Gujarat soldiers who died in Kashmir avalanche cremated

AHMEDABAD, Feb 1:
The mortal remains of two soldiers, who died in an avalanche in Machhil sector of Jammu and Kashmir, were cremated today with full state honours at their native villages in Gujarat’s Panchmahals and Bhavnagar districts.
Sunil Patel (27), who hailed from Orwada village in Panchmahals, and Deva Parmar (29), from Karmadiya village in Bhavnagar, recently died in the avalanche. Their bodies were brought late last night to Vadodara airport in an IAF plane from Delhi.
This morning, the mortal remains were taken to Godhra and Bhavnagar respectively, and from there they were taken to their respective villages where they were cremated with full state honours.
Minister Jaydrathsinh Parmar, who is an MLA from Halol in Panchmahals, and officials of district administration including Collector P Bharathi received Patel’s body at Godhra, from where it was taken to his native village Orwada, Panchmahals Assistant Collector Ashish Kumar said.
“Sunil Patel’s funeral took place at Orwada according to Army protocol. Minister Jaydrathsinh Parmar read out Chief Minister Vijay Rupani’s condolence message at his native village,” Kumar said.
Patel is survived by wife and a 2-year-old child.
Meanwhile, Deva Parmar’s body was also taken from Bhavnagar to his native village Karmadiya under Mahuba taluka in a military vehicle where his funeral took place according to Army protocol.
Parmar is survived by his wife.
“Parmar’s body was brought to Bhavnagar in an Army helicopter at around 10.35 AM where it was received in the presence of officials of district administration. He was cremated at his native village in the presence of Army personnel and local police,” Bhavnagar Superintendent of Police Dipankar Trivedi said.
As many as 20 soldiers including an officer have died in avalanches in Kashmir over the past few days. (PTI)

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