Tearful farewell to Siachen avalanche victims in Tamil Nadu

Chennai, Feb 16 (IANS) A tearful final farewell was given on Tuesday to four soldiers from Tamil Nadu who were buried alive in an avalanche on the hostile Siachen glacier on February 3.

All of them belonged to the Madras Regiment and their last rites were performed with full military honours.

The bodies of Havildar M. Elumalai, Sepoy G. Ganesan, Sepoy N. Ramamurthy and Lance Havildar S. Kumar were brought here on Monday night and later taken to their native places.

Elumalai was laid to rest with full military honours in Adukumparai village in Vellore district.

In Madurai district, Ganesan was cremated in his native village Chokkathevanpatti, while Kumar was laid to rest in Theni district.

The last rites of Ramamurthy were performed in Krishnagiri district.

The Tamil Nadu government announced a solatium of Rs.10 lakh each to the families of the brave soldiers.

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