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Nation pays Tribute to Braveheart Colonel MN Rai Martyred in Encounter

New Delhi, Jan 29: The entire nation, the Indian army and the family members paid the final tribute to the braveheart Colonel Munindra Nath Rai, the real Hero of the country, who was martyred fighting the terrorists in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.

He was given full state honours during the last rites. The 39-year-old Colonel Rai was commanding officer of 42 Rashtriya Rifles. He belonged to the 9 Gorkha Rifles, but had joined the Rashtriya Rifles (RR) unit for conducting operations against terrorists in the Kashmir region. He was shot in an anti-terrorists operation in Tral area of Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday evening. Later, he died at died at a hospital in Srinagar.

Along with him, Jammu and Kashmir Police head constable Sanjeev Singh was also martyred in the encounter with Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists, who were hiding in a house in Tral area.

The team led by Rai had cordoned the house off and began the operation to kill the terrorists. It can be stated that the residents of the house had given shelter to the terrorists, who were believed to be the locals. Later, two terrorists were killed in the operation.

The Army on Wednesday had paid tribute to the braveheart remembering his courage and chivalry he had showed during each operations and missions.

He had received the Yudh Sena Medal on Republic Day, a day before he was killed in the encounter.

During the last rites today, his wife, two daughters and a son were present. His two brothers DN Rai, who is the Lieutenant Colonel, and YN Rai, who is in the Central Reserve Police Force, were also present to bid adieu to their bravest brother. He was the youngest among three brothers.

Yesterday, the Uttar Pradesh government had announced amount Rs 30 lakh to the family of the martyr Colonel Rai.

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