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Pakistan 'violates' ceasefire in Uri as India pays respects to slain soldiers

Rich tributes were paid to both soldiers. (Representative image) Photograph: (AFP)

Nashik, Maharashtra, India Sep 20, 2016, 06.39 AM (IST)
Lance Naik Chandrakat Galande -- one of the 18 soldiers killed in the terrorist attack on an army camp in Uri, Kashmir on Sunday -- was cremated this morning with full military honours in the Indian state of Maharashtra. 

The Press Trust of India (PTI) reported that a procession was taken out in Galande's village, Jashi, in the Satara district, rangolis were drawn outside homes in honour of the fallen soldier, and that thousands of villagers came to pay their final respects to the fallen 27-year-old soldier. 

Another soldier who died in the attack -- Sandip Somnath Thok -- was cremated last night in his home village, Khadangli, also in Maharashtra state, as gathered villagers shouted "Bharat mata ki jai" and "Sandeep Thok Amar Rahein". 

PTI said a procession was also taken out in Thok's village, and that rich tributes were paid to Thok by state rural development minister Dadaji Bhuse, and other officials.

Thok's body had been flown from Srinagar to Ojhar Airport in Nashik district in an Indian Air Force plane, and then transported to his village by road. PTI reported his parents, relatives, and villagers as having broken down on seeing his body. 

Galande's body was brought to Jashi this morning; his cremation was attended by state food and civil supplies minister Vijay Shivtare, and consumer protection minister Girish Bapat. 

Galande had joined the Army in 2004. He is survived by a wife, two sons, his parents, and two brothers. 

Thok is survived by his parents, an elder brother, and two unmarried sisters. He had made a number of attempts to join the army, finally being accepted in 2014. 

(WION, with inputs from PTI)
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