Bengaluru: The body of Narendra R, the soldier who ended his life in Jammu & Kashmir, arrived in the city on Monday night. His parents, who were already in grief, were hurt as no transport facility was provided by the army to shift their son's body from the Kempegowda International Airport to their house in Rajagopalanagar.
Narendra's body was air lifted from Jammu & Kashmir on Monday and it reached the KIA around 10 pm. His family members, relatives and friends, who were waiting at the airport, were shocked to know that the army had not arranged any vehicle.
“There was only one representative from the army. We had to run around and arranged an ambulance to take the body home. The representative from the army left after we reached home and only came in the morning to take same signatures as per the procedure. Not even a single person from the Indian Army, for which my friend worked for two years, took part in the last rites. Is this the way a soldier is treated after his death?,” asked Pankaj, Narendra's friend.
“He received no honour during his last rites. Forget that, his body was treated like a parcel and just delivered to us. This has hurt his parent a lot,” said another friend of Narendra.
Mayor Sampath Raj visited Narendra's house and offered condolences to his family members. Narendra's last rites were performed at Hegganahalli crematorium in the afternoon.