The body of Captain Prem Kumar Patil, 28, who died in Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir two days ago during patrol duty, was brought to Vapi in Valsad district on Sunday. The cremation would take place on Tuesday in the presence of the late Indian Army officer’s family members, including a brother who is expected to arrive from Canada.
Captain Patil’s body was brought to Vadodara by air and then taken to Vapi by road. Indian Army officials on Saturday night paid tributes to Patil when the body arrived at Vadodara Airport. The body has been shifted to a morgue in Silvassa.[content_block id=762 slug=ads1]
Gujarat Legislative Assembly speaker Ganpat Vasava visited the family on Sunday to pay his respects to the officer.
Residents of Vapi too plan to hold a candle march near Subhash Chowk in the memory of Captain Patil.
“My youngest brother Manish was to arrive by Sunday evening from Canada, but his flight got cancelled. He is expected to reach here by Monday. The cremation will take place on Tuesday morning. Our family is proud of Prem for having laid his life in the service of the country,” said Ashish, elder brother of Captain Patil.[content_block id=765 slug=ads2]
Captain Patil, who was from Vapi, was attached to 36 Rashtriya Rifles and posted in J&K in 2014. He completed his schooling in Vapi and did Bachelor of Science from Vallabh Vidyanagar before joining the the Indian Army six years ago. Captain Patil was a NCC cadet and an Indian Military Academy alumnus. Captain Patil died after falling into a gorge during cross border firing by Pakistani troops in Poonch on Friday, Valsad district officials said, adding that a helicopter was used to retrieve the officer’s body from the 200 -feet deep ravines.
Patil’s father, Kirshna, is employed in a textile unit in Vapi. The family belongs to Jambwali village of Ratnagiri in Maharashtra.