Udaipur : The body of Lt Abhinav Nagori, the co-pilot of the Navy’s Dornier-228 maritime surveillance aircraft that crashed into the Arabian Sea near Goa on March 24, was flown in a special aircraft from Goa to his home town here on Saturday afternoon. Large number of people, other than his family and friends had gathered at the Dabok airport to receive the body which was drapped in the tricolor. The braveheart was given a guard of honour at the airport and his body was transported in an open military truck to his residence at Chitrakoot Nagar in Bhuwana. The last rites would be held at Ashoknagar crematorium after some 15 kilometer long procession around the city on Sunday morning, family sources said. Meanwhile the natives of Bhuwana have announced to celebrate instead of mourning the soldier’s demise. The marble processors and traders association at Sukher called for a half day shut as a token of homage to the brave lad.
Five naval officers accompanied the coffin which carried the mortal remains of the brave heart. Legislators Randhir Singh Bhinder, PhoolSingh Meena, ADM city Chhogaram Devasi, authorities from police administration and military paid homage to the young officer who was killed in the line of duty. People kept dropping in at his residence throughout the day to extend their support to the aggrieved family. “The respect and affection that we have received in the past four days is unprecedented, it is heartening” said Dharamchand, Abhinav’s father whose cell have been ringing continuously with phone calls from Abhinav’s college mates from Bangalore and friends from the Navy. Abhinav’s schoolmates and his teachers from St Pauls school also were in tears at his sudden demise. “ We still cannot believe that Abhinav is no more. He was in touch with us even after joining Navy. He made us laugh very much and now is making us cry” said Pallav Gupta, Abhinav’s schoolmate. “ He was full of life. He played guitar very well” said Yashvendra Jadaon, another school mate.
Meanwhile, his mother Sushila, the person whom Abhinav was most attached to, managed to wear a composed look before all those who offered comforting words. The heart wrenched lady had cried for long holding her husband tight as he reached back home early morning from Goa. However, the disciplinarians inside the couple, helped them to muster courage and accept the fact that their son had left them forever. Speaking to TOI the emotionally charged mother said “ I am happy for bearing such a son who brought us pride. Now I realize, why he had insisted on joining the force. If I had seven more, I would have send them all to serve the nation”. Abhinav’s elder sisters Shweta and Smita stayed at the sides of their parents as their emotional support.