Gorakhpur, June 26 : The body of CRPF sub-inspector Sahib Shukla, who was killed by militants in Srinagar, arrived at Gorakhpur airport by a special plane around 7.30 pm on Sunday.
Senior CRPF officials, commissioner Anil Kumar, district magistrate Rajeev Rautela and deputy inspector general Neelabja Chowdhary paid floral tributes to the martyr in the presence of his son, Devasheesh Shukla, and other family members. Local residents also joined in, hailing the officer’s sacrifice with slogans of “Shaheed Sahib Shukla amar rahein”.
As there is no power supply in Shukla’s village, Kanail Majhgawan, his body will be kept in the post-mortem house at the district hospital until it is time for the last rites on Monday morning.
The village has been shrouded in gloom ever since news of his death arrived at its doorstep. Local residents, relatives and district administration officials began gathering at his residence soon afterwards.
Sahib Shukla was killed when militants attacked his vehicle at Pantha Chowk in Srinagar on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway on Saturday. Militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba has claimed responsibility for the attack.
“He looked very happy when he visited the village on June 12 to attend Devasheesh’s marriage. He met everyone in the village and promised to visit again, but how were we to know he would never return,” said Shukla’s nephew Upendra, his tears welling up with tears.
Devasheesh had earlier said that he would not cremate his father’s body until chief minister Yogi Adityanath visited them. However, the matter was resolved when Adityanath, who had announced an ex-gratia of Rs 25 lakh for the family, spoke to the martyr’s kin over the phone and promised to meet them during his two-day visit to Gorakhpur on July 9.
This made Devasheesh agree to cremate his father’s body on Monday morning.
Meanwhile, residents of Kanail Majhgawan shouted slogans against Pakistan for supporting terrorism and sheltering militants.