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Meanwhile, bodies of Vikas Kulmethe and Vikas Uike were Meanwhile, bodies of Vikas Kulmethe and Vikas Uike wereflown to Nagpur airport. While Kulmethe’s body was brought toNagpur last night, Uike’s mortal remains were brought therethis morning. After the Army officials paid homage to the two martyrsthis morning, their bodies were taken to their native places. Kulmethe’s body reached his native Purad village in Waniat about 2.15 pm and was received by Union Minister HansrajAhir. The body was then kept at his house for the public topay their last respects. An emotional farewell was given to Kulmethe, wherethousands turned up. The entire tehsil observed bandh for theday. Vikas, who joined the army in 2008 and was transferred tothe camp at Uri six months ago, got married two years back. Heis survived by his wife Sneha (23), a four-month-old daughter,a younger brother and parents. Mortal remains of Vikas Uike from Nandgaon Khandeshwartown in Amravati district, were consigned to flames thisafternoon. His family members and villagers could not holdback tears as his elder brother lit the funeral pyre amid thegun salute and full state honours. Before the body was brought to the town, residents burntthe effigy of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in protest.When the van carrying Uike’s body reached the home town, hisfamily members broke down, even as slogans of ‘Bharat Mata KiJai’ and ‘Shahid Vikas Amar Rahe’ rent the air. The market remained closed today while thousands linedthe road to bid adieu to Uike. He had joined the Bihar Battalion of the army atChandrapur in 2009, served at Assam and West Bengal, beforebeing posted at Jammu and Kashmir three months ago. He leftbehind parents, a brother and a married sister. His father Janrao had earlier said that they wereplanning to marry him off soon. "We had planned to solemnisethe engagement on Diwali but all our plans have beenshattered," he had told PTI. PTI JOE COR NPIKA

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