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Airman from Kottayam killed in Assam rescue operation

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M. Kannan
M. Kannan

A staff of the Indian Air Force, who hailed from the district, died from electrocution during a rescue operation in Assam on Saturday night.

M. Kannan, aged 24, who hailed from Arackal house in Kumaranalloor, was an Airman posted at the Dinjan military station in Assam. According to his relatives, Kannan had taken part in efforts to douse a fire that had spread in a residential area nearby. During his efforts, the fire baton he had been holding had come into contact with an electric line and this led to his demise. He died around 8 p.m. and news of the death was conveyed to his relatives around 11.30 p.m.

Kannan had spoken to his mother Rajalakshmi less than an hour before the tragedy.

Kannan’s father D.C. Murali had served in the Border Security Force (BSF) and was killed in a terrorist attack in Punjab in 1989. Kannan had joined military service after completing his B.Sc. Physics at the Nattakom Government College nearly two-and-a-half years ago.

His relatives said arrangements for bringing the body to his hometown have been made by Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan and Jose K. Mani, MP, and facilitated by Union Minister for Defence A.K. Antony. The body is expected to reach here late on Monday.

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