Pilot Abhinav Nagori’s mortal remains consigned to flames
Udaipur : The sound of bugle calls filled the morning air on Sunday as the body of Lt Abhinav Nagori wrapped in Tricolour, set off for his final journey from his home with bereaved family members to the cremation ground. Abhinav had been the co-pilot of the Navy’s Dornier-228 maritime surveillance aircraft that crashed into the Arabian Sea off Goa coast on March 24. His body was recovered three days after the mishap, on March 27. As the band played, the parade raised their rifles in unison and fired shots in tribute to the departed soldier. With a heavy heart, Udaipur bid farewell to the brave soldier. Sense of pride lit the faces of his parents and two elder sisters as they gave a final salute to their loved one who had joined the Navy two and a half years back, of his ardent desire to serve the nation. His mortal remains were consigned to flames after due military honors around 1.30 pm. His father Dharamchand, lit the funeral pyre.
Before the cremation, a large procession was taken out through the major parts of the city from his residence at Chitrakoot Nagar here. Jawaans from the Navy and Army paid floral tributes to Abhinav. Community members, relatives and friends joined the funeral procession which covered a distance of some 15 kilometers before reaching the cremation ground at AshokNagar. A host of political leaders and common public attended the Shradhanjali sabha, that was held at the town hall later evening.
Abhinav memorial trust to inspire youth to join force
Abhinav’s parents had put up a brave face as they bid adieu to their only son. They had resolved not to shed tears this day as they said “ Gappi wouldn’t like it to see us crying”. Making a request to all the parents, Dharamchand said “ Please don’t thrust your ambitions on your children, let them do what they wish to”. He said he too had preferred his son Abhinav to become a Chartered Accountant instead of a soldier. “ When I told him of the risks involved in a soldier’s life, Abhinav had replied that even a CA would die someday, but I want to do something worthy in my life than making money” said the proud father. He also said whatever ex-gratia is received from the Navy would be donated to a trust to be made in the memory of his son. The trust would work to inspire and assist youth to join the armed forces to serve the nation.