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Dhurwa salutes bravery

Ranchiís Dhurwa, which had hogged headlines for its terror links after the Patna serial blasts, saluted in pride as last rites of Assam Rifles jawan Kamta Kumar Mahto were performed on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old, deployed as a havildar in the 44th battalion of the paramilitary force, sacrificed his life in the line of duty. Mahto was killed after an ambush by insurgents at Nambisa in Manipur on February 7.

The Cockerel Division of the Indian Army gave the first gun salute after the body, wrapped in Tricolour, reached his paternal residence late in the afternoon. A second salute was accorded at Sithio cremation grounds before the funeral.

A graduate from JN College, Dhurwa, Mahto joined the force in 2001. Friends remember him as a man of courage under fire.

ďArmed with an LMG, Mahto put up a brave fight but was outnumbered by militants who ambushed the road opening party ahead of Narendra Modiís rally on Friday. A critically injured Mahto was airlifted to hospital, but succumbed a day later,Ē colleague Vinod Gajbhiyee said.

Mahto is survived by his widow Poonam Devi (29), their sons Arpit (7) and Aditya (3) and his elderly parents.