A solemn wreath-laying ceremony was held at Bir Tikendrajit Airport in Imphal on Monday to pay homage to an Army officer and four soldiers among others who died in the tragic incident where a massive landslide hit the Northern Frontier Railway worksite and the Indian Army company location at Makhuam Part V (Maranching) near Tupul under Noney district in Manipur on the intervening night of June 29-30.
The mortal remains of 43-year-old Lieutenant Colonel Kapil Dev Pandey of 107 Territorial Army, which was recovered on Sunday was being flown to Delhi. The Lt Col hailed from Nehru Nagar East, Chhattisgarh.
At Bir Tikendrajit Airport, Imphal (Photo: IFP)
The mortal remains of the other four recovered on Sunday - 40-year-old havildar Deepkar Pradhan from Darjeeling, West Bengal, 42-year-old havildar Chandan Gurung from Darjeeling, West Bengal and 23-year-old Rifleman Pritam kumar Dutta from Murshidabad, West Bengal were being flown to Kolkata.
The ongoing joint rescue operation at the landslide site has so far rescued 18 people and recovered 42 bodies as of Sunday.