Andhra soldier killed in Uttarakhand crash cremated

Hyderabad, July 3 (IANS) The last rites of an army soldier, who was killed in a helicopter crash during rescue operation in Uttarakhand, were performed with state honours in his native village in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district.

G. Vinayakam was cremated Wednesday evening in Chinna Bandapalle village near Chittoor town and about 600 km from here.

Serving in National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Vinayakam was among 20 personnel killed in the crash during the rescue operations in flood-hit Uttarakhand June 25.

Chittoor MP N. Sivaprasad, Collector Solomon Arokiaraj, Superintendent of Police Kanthi Rana Tata and army officials attended the funeral.

Vinayakam’s body was brought to his native village Tuesday. The officials handed over a cheque of Rs.5 lakh to the family of the soldier towards the ex-gratia announced by the state government.

The government has also announced a house site and a job to a member the family.

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