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Dejected kin of martyred Maharashtra Army major immerse his ashes a year later

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Senior Correspondent

NAGPUR: Dejected by the failure of the Pawani civic administration in Bhandara district as well as local MLA to construct a memorial to honour martyred Army major Prafulla Ambadas Moharkar even a year after his death, the kin of the martyr immersed his ashes in the local Vainganga river on his anniversary.

Major Moharkar, 32, was among the four personnel of Indian Army who were killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Keri sector along the Line of Control in Rajouri district on December 23, 2017.

Following his death, the local authorities had promised to construct a memorial to honour the son of the soil.

The then chief executive officer of Pawani municipal council (the Major’s hometown) in Bhandara district of Maharashtra, Madhuri Madavi along with the chairperson of the council Poonam Katekhayehad visited the martyr’s home and taken custody of his last remains (ashes) from the family.

The Bhandara MLA Ramchandra Awsare had added to the promise, announcing Rs 21 lakh from MLA fund for the purpose. The ashes remained in the chamber of the CEO for a year, but the authorities failed to finalise even a spot for the memorial, let alone start the construction.

After an year, the family decided that they had enough of waiting for the promise to be fulfilled and took away the ashes for honorful immersion in Vainganga river.