Chennai, Apr 28 UNI | 3 months ago

Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah today condoled the death of Major Mukund Varadharajan in a gun battle with the terrorists at Shopian in Jammu and Kashmir on April 25.

The mortal remains of the martyr were consigned to flames with full military honours.

In his condolence message to Major's father Raghavachari Varadharajan, Dr Rosaiah said he was deeply shocked and grieved to hear that Major Mukund Varadharajan had lost his life at the Shopian encounter in Jammu and Kashmir while fighting bravely with the militants.

He said, ''The nation, especially the Indian Army has lost a brave and young promising Officer and his death is an irreparable loss to the Indian Army and the Nation.'' The Governor also conveyed his sincere condolences to the bereaved family members and pray to God to rest his soul in peace. A wreath was placed on behalf of the Governor, a Raj Bhavan communique said.

Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa also condoled the death of the Major yesterday and announced an assistance of Rs 10 lakhs to his family.

Hundreds of people, including his family members, relatives, military and government representatives, paid homage to his body, which arrived at the Chennai Airport around midnight last night.

His body was taken to his residence at Tambaram where it was kept for public homage.

Today morning, his body was taken to the crematorium where it was cremated with full military honours, including the 46-sound gun salute and bugle sounding the last post.

(Posted on 28-04-2014)