Puri: CRPF jawan Manoranjan Lenka, who attained martyrdom in an ambush by Maoists in the restive Sukma district of Bastar division in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday, was given a tearful adieu by his family members, relatives and villagers besides large number of people from the administration at his native place at Rebena Nugaon in Brahmagiri block in Puri district on Wednesday.
Lenka, a jawan of the 212 Battalion of the CRPF was given a guard of honour at Biju Patnaik International Airport after his mortal remains arrived in a special plane here.
Ministers Bikram Keshari Arukh, Shashi Bhusan Behera and Badri Narayan Patra and senior police officers, including Bhubaneswar DCP Satyabrata Bhoi paid their last tributes to Lenka at the airport.
Later, his body was taken to his native village in a CRPF vehicle amid massive rally.
Puri Collector Arbinda Agrawal, SP Sarthak Sarangi, Brahmagiri MLA Sanjay Das Burma paid their last respect to Lenka at his village Rebena Nugaon. Senior CRPF officials were also present.
Lenka was among the nine CRPF personnel killed in the Maoist ambush. The attack took place in Kistaram when the team of CRPF personnel of the 212 battalion were out on a combing operation on the MPV. The rebels used heavy explosives to blow up the vehicle and had triggered several IEDs, sources said.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also condemned the attack.
Notably, the attack took place in Kistaram when the personnel, including Lenka were out on a combing operation on the Mine Protected Vehicle (MPV).
A statement issued by the CRPF said that an encounter took place between the CRPF’s 208 CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) battalion and Maoists at 8 a.m. today. Seeing the response of 208 CoBRA naxals initially fled away.
Again at about 12.30 pm Naxals targeted another team of 212 battalion CRPF in between Kistaram and Palodi in Sukma in which a MPV was blown off by triggering IED, the statement added.