Pampore Martyr: Pune’s Phursungi Pays Tribute To Gunner Saurabh


Pune: A large number of people in Pune’s Phursungi village on Monday bid a tearful adieu to martyr Saurabh Farate who was killed by terrorists in Pampore (Jammu and Kashmir) on Saturday.

Farate was laid to rest at his native place with full military honours on Monday after his mortal remains were flown to Pune and it reached his birthplace on Sunday evening.

Thirty-two-year-old Farate, who has served in the Indian Army for the last 13 years as a Gunner, is survived by his wife, twin daughters and a brother who also serves in the Army. A pall of gloom descended on Phursungi as family members, friends and locals mourned Farate.

NCP leader Sharad Pawar on Sunday also offered condolences to the bereaved family. Army paid tributes to Naik (Gunner) Ratheesh C (35), a resident of Kotolipram, Kannur district in Kerala, Gunner Sourabh Farate (32) of Village Phursungi in Pune and 24-year-old Gunner Shashikant Pandey, resident of Zharian, Dhanbad district in Jharkhand on Sunday.