Thousands bid tearful adieu to Colonel Santosh Babu

Suryapet, Jun 18 (PTI):
Amid chants of “Bharat mata ki jai”, the mortal remains of Colonel Bikkumalla Santosh Babu, who was killed by Chinese troops during clashes, were consigned to flames with full military honours here on Thursday.
Thousands of people wearing masks chanting “Santosh Babu amar rahe” and “Vande Mataram” participated in the funeral procession even as scores, standing on balconies of their respective places showered flowers on the army vehicle which was carrying the body.
Most of the shops and establishments in the town remained closed as a mark of respect to the departed soldier.
His mortal remains were flown from the national capital in a special aircraft to Hakimpet Air Force base near Hyderabad on Wednesday and then it arrived at his residence here late at night.
Telangana Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan, State Ministers KT Rama Rao, Malla Reddy, Jagdish Reddy, Cyberabad Police Commissioner VC Sajjanar, Hyderabad City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar and other army officials paid their tributes at the Air Force station.
Colonel Santosh’s body was draped in tricolour and a large number of people paid their last respects to him here.
The funeral took place at the family’s own land. The Colonel’s father performed the related rituals. The Army accorded a gun salute to the slain Colonel.
The Army officer is survived by his wife, a daughter and a son.
On Wednesday, at many places across Telangana people and members of different political parties and other organisations paid floral tributes to the Army officer and raised ‘Santosh Babu Amar Rahe’ slogans.

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