Bengaluru: The cremation of Major Akshay Girish Kumar on Thursday witnessed huge crowds who came to pay their last respects to the martyr of the Nagrota terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.
Hundreds of visitors chanted slogans as the body was taken to the crematorium by the family around 5 p.m. 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. Many ex-servicemen were present in support of the grieving family.
The mortal remains of Major Kumar reached the Yelahanka Air Force Station in an Indian Air Force aircraft from Delhi at 11.30 a.m. Those who came to pay their respects included Law Minister T.B. Jayachandra, Bengaluru Mayor G. Padmavathi, Major General K.S. Nijjar, General Officer Commanding, K&K Sub Area, Commissioner of Police N.S. Megharikh, and many serving and retired officers. The body was then taken to his parent’s home in Sadahalli where family and friends as well as a large contingent of ex-servicemen visited.
Minister Jayachandra announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs. 25 lakh for Major Akshay Girish Kumar’s family.