Timothy Sinha laid to rest with full military honour

SILCHAR, September 11: When the convoy with the coffin covered in tricolour of the brave navy sailor, Timothy Sinha, reached his native place of Pailapool at 4.25 pm today, a pall of gloom descended around. Another valiant hero was dead, unfortunately, in the Sindhurakshak submarine that exploded at the Navy dockyard of Mumbai in the mid August. It was also reminding us of the famous line of Tennyson “Home they brought their warrior dead.”
Navy officers from Mumbai, Lieutenant Commanders, Sanjib Veer, and Mridul Barau, accompanied the coffin of Timothy Sinha. After reaching Kolkata Airport, they escorted the body by Air India flight to Kumbhirgram Airport. At the airport, Gautom Roy, Minister of PHE, paid floral tributes to Timothy Sinha on behalf of the State government. Deputy Commissioner of Cachar, Gokul Mohan Hazarika, and SP, Diganta Bora, also placed wreaths at the coffin to pay their homage. From there, the convoy took the NH 37 to reach his native place of Pailapool. His parents, Bidya Ratan Sinha and Maya Sinha, who came all the way from Mumbai, had taken the separate morning flight to reach home earlier for making necessary arrangements. Also present was Assam Rifles Captain, Rabindra Singh Kuntal, Artillery Brigade.
At his native home ground, various organizations and clubs, different political parties, individuals, his family members and relatives paid their respect to him. Maya Sinha with tears rolling down her eyes said, “My son had struggled hard to study and stand in life as our economic condition was not favourable. I still recollect his words of comfort to me when he said I would never let you suffer anymore. I am now a sailor in the Indian Navy.” Pastors of Presbyterian Church, Pailapool, Lalnutluanga Sailo and Zdlalhmachhuana, held prayers for the eternal peace to the soul of Timothy. From his native home, the body was taken to the field of his one time school, Emanuel Higher Secondary School nearby where he had studied up to Class VII.
Rich homage and tributes were paid by RK Laskar, representing the district administration of Cachar, Lekhak Saikia, DSP, Headquarters, Nabarun Bhattacharjee, SDO (Civil), Ruth Lienthang, Circle Officer, representing the Lakhipur sub division. Wreaths and tributes were paid by Brigadier, Assam Rifles, SB Chavan and Lt Col BK Saikia. The last bugle was played and 24 gun–salute was given by the Assam Rifles contingent. It was the end of journey of a bright and brave soldier Timothy Sinha. He was laid to rest at the graveyard of Emanuel Higher Secondary School. (SentinelAssam)