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Naval hero’s final journey

The body of Manoranjan Kumar, a lieutenant who died in the Sindhuratna submarine mishap in Mumbai on Wednesday, would be flown to Ranchi by a special aircraft on Saturday and then brought to hometown Jamshedpur via road.

The Navy is arranging a special aircraft to fly the 26-year-old naval engineer who is earning posthumous accolades for saving the lives of crew members.

Manoranjan’s father Navin Chaudhary, also a retired navyman, told The Telegraph over phone from Mumbai that the body would be brought to Jamshedpur via Ranchi. “The Indian Navy is arranging a special aircraft to fly the mortal remains of my son to Ranchi, from where we will reach Jamshedpur by road.”

Chaudhary said his son’s post-mortem was performed on Friday.

Chaudhary also attended the funeral of Manoranjan’s colleague lieutenant commander Kapish Muwal. “His father and brother came from Delhi for the last rites,” he said.

Manoranjan’s family said he had also been promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander on February 15.

Manoranjan’s last rites would be performed on Saturday, the father said. “Kya karein, honi ko kaun tal sakta hai. (What to do. It was destined),” said the shocked man.

Manoranjan’s mother Rukmani, confined to bed with a hip ailment, has not been told about the tragedy but has sensed something amiss. Relatives from native Samastipur, Bihar, are reaching their Baliguma home. “Our sister Anupama is coming from Delhi tonight (Friday),” said Manoranjan’s brother Suman, a Plus Two student.