Heart-rending scenes were seen as the funeral of a dead Indian Army soldier (he was under-training and drowned in Saryu river during a drill). The soldier had joined the Army just three months ago and returned home in a coffin. The moment Madhuri saw her son Suraj Tiwari’s corpse wrapped in tri-colour she collapsed and said, “Abhi toh ise tika lagakar bheja tha… (just now I have sent him with the vermillion mark on forehead).”
According to reports, “Swimming training for armymen was going on in the Saryu river near Faizabad. Suddenly, water flow soared and three soldiers started were swept away. Though divers were also there and they saved other two soldiers but couldn’t save Suraj as he floated kilometers away with the tide.”
Suraj’s body was taken back to his home on Sunday. Suraj’s father works as a salesman and his elder brother accompanies him to work, the youngest brother Akash was also on army training in Bhopal, while his mother Madhuri is a housewife, both of her sons were unmarried. Just three months before Suraj got selected in the army through direct appointment. He was posted in 13 Ankora regiment and had enjoyed Diwali vacations with family.
He was awarded with Guard of Honours by Army then his body was taken to Dyodhi Ghat for last rites.