N. Sathish Shetty (26), a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan who was killed in a militant attack in the Kashmir Valley on March 13, was laid to rest with State honours at his native village, Halambadi, on Friday afternoon.
CRPF personnel fired several rounds in the air as a mark of respect to Sathish.
N. Harish Shetty, Sathish’s brother who is a radio operator in the Indian Army, his mother, Savithramma, and other relatives were present. Hundreds of people from all walks of life, including CRPF and police personnel, government officials, and students turned up to pay homage to the jawan.
Earlier in the day, the district administration paid tributes to the martyr near Sir M. Visvesvaraya statue, off Bangalore-Mysore Highway, in Mandya.
Medical Education Minister S.A. Ramdas, Parliamentary Affairs Minister S. Suresh Kumar, Mandya MP N. Cheluvarayaswamy, Mandya MLA L. Srinivas, Deputy Commissioner B.N. Krishnaiah, Superintendent of Police Borase Bhushan Gulabrao and Mandya Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer P.C. Jayanna were among those present.
Later, the body, draped in the tricolour, was brought in a procession to Halambadi.
However, the photograph that was put up on the vehicle that was carrying the body was that of Mr. Harish. A section of the media had published the same photo. Sources in the district administration said officials had collected the photo from Sathish’s mother. However, after realising the mix-up, the authorities changed the photo.
Mr. Ramdas said the State government would allot a 60 ft x 40 ft site to Sathish’s family in Mysore apart from government job to one of his family members.
Action against hospital
Mr. Ramdas said the government would file a criminal case against a private hospital in Mandya town for “dishonouring” the martyr by refusing the district administration’s request to keep Sathish’s body in the morgue for a few hours. The administration had requested Vikram Hospital to keep the body for four hours — from 3 a.m. and 7 a.m.