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    Sonowal visits residence of martyr Pranay Kalita; hands over ex-gratia of Rs 20 lakh

    Three soldiers of the Assam Rifles, including Late Pranay Kalita, were killed while six others were left injured in a deadly ambush near the Myanmar border in Chandel district south of Imphal in Manipur on July 29.

    GUWAHATI: Assam’s Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday visited the resident of Late Pranay Kalita to extend honour and condolence to the martyr and offered ex-gratia of Rs 20 lakh to the deceased’s wife.

    Three soldiers of the Assam Rifles, including Late Pranay Kalita, were killed while six others were left injured in a deadly ambush near the Myanmar border in Chandel district south of Imphal in Manipur on July 29.

    “Havilder Pranay Kalita of the Assam Rifles, showed exemplary valour in the line of duty and attained martyrdom in Manipur. I have visited Late Kalita’s native village Ghatbar Saderi in Bajali and offered shraddhanjali to the veer swahid. His supreme sacrifice will inspire generations,” Sonowal said.

    He also said, “I salute the courage shown by the family of swahid Pranay Kalita in this moment of huge grief. Offering my sincere condolences, I have handed ex-gratia of Rs 20 lakh. The people of Assam and the nation stands behind the martyrs and brave hearts of our armed forces.      

    To honour the supreme sacrifice made by Havildar Pranay Kalita, Rifleman Methna Konyak and Rifleman Ratan Salam, who laid down their lives in the line of duty on July 29 in Manipur, the Assam Rifles also organised a wreath-laying ceremony with full military honours at Tulihal Airport, Imphal under the aegis of HQ Inspector General of Assam Rifles (South) on Friday.

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