Jharsuguda: Ghantmal, a tiny village 25 kilometres away from the district headquarters under Kolabira block, is yet to overcome from the gruesome tragedy in which Sgt. Harikrushna Patel (45), a flight engineer from their village, perished after two Mi-17 helicopters collided mid-air during a live firing exercise at the Sarmat field range near the Jamnagar airbase in Gujarat on 30th August afternoon. The officer is survived with his mother along with wife Surubhi Patel and two daughters.
A large number of villagers have been visiting Harikrushna Patel’s ancestral house in the village ever since they came to know about the incident.
Patel’s body that was brought from Gujarat to Jharsuguda by a Special Indian Air Force Chopper was received by the relatives today morning at 10.30a.m. Jharsuguda Sub Collector Pramod Barik IAS and Jharsuguda S.P. K.S. Kanwar were present at the Jharsuguda Airport and received Patel’s body. The administrative officials also paid homage at the Airport and the body was later handed over to the relatives who took it to the body to their ancestral house at Ghantmal Village through special arranged van. “The last rites of the valiant flight engineer will be performed at the ancestral home today afternoon. Air force officers are accompanying Patel’s body which will be cremated today. A military guard of honour will be given before cremation,” collector said.
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