Thousands of villagers from Nashik and surrounding areas today bid a tearful adieu to soldier Shankar Chandrabhan Shinde, who was killed while fighting highly-trained militants in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.
Naik Shinde was cremated with full military honors at his village Bhayal in Nashik district of Maharashtra.
He was among the two soldiers of Indian Army killed while fighting the militants at Zoonreshi village of Chowkibal in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Bhayal village is located in Chandwad tehsil of Nashik and has a population of 1,400, with around 80 of its residents serving in the armed forces, an official said.
Shinde was in the Army for last 15 years. He is survived by wife, a six-and-a-half year old daughter and a 20-month-old son.
Shiv Sena minister Dadasaheb Bhuse said his party will give Rs five lakh to Shinde’s family and also build a memorial for him at the village.
Shinde made the country proud by fighting gallantly against the highly entrenched militants before laying down his life for the motherland.
Fondly called ‘Master’ for his instructional capabilities, Shinde, in his 15 years of service, served at difficult and hostile places across the globe.
A physically fit soldier having exceptional firing skills, Shinde, was part of UN peace keeping mission in Southern Sudan in 2012.
Earlier in 2006-07, he was posted in the same RR unit to combat militancy. His elder brother is a junior commissioned officer in the elite Para (Special Forces) battalion of the Army.