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Last journey for 3 officers

(Top) Col PK Pal SM, Mai, Rakesh Sharma and Maj. Nikhil Prakash who were killed in the chopper crash. (Bottom) GOC 3 Corps Lt. Gen NK Singh and other officers bid farewell to the departed souls at Rangapahar on Thursday. (NP/Defence Photos)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, AUG 19 (NPN):
Published on 20 Aug. 2010 12:40 AM IST
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GOC 3 Corps Lt.Gen.N.K.Singh and all ranks paid the last homage to the bodies of three officers who died in the helicopter crash near Viswema Wednesday morning at a solemn function held at the 3 Corps headquarters Thursday evening. A host of senior army officers from 3 Corps and various other units paid floral tributes to the three officers, Col.P.K. Pal(C.O.EME) and pilots- Maj.Nikhil Prakash and Maj.Rakesh Sharma.
The coffins containing the bodies arrived Dimapur from Zakhama by road and after a brief stopover at the 3 Corps Headquarters, were taken to Guwahati by road.
According to army sources, the body of Col. P K Pal, SM will be taken to his hometown Lucknow while the bodies of Maj Nikhil Prakash and Maj Rakesh Sharma will be sent to Hamirpur (HP) and Deolali (Maha) respectively. Col Pal leaves behind his wife and two young children while Maj Rakesh leaves behind a two-year old daughter. Maj Nikhil, whose wife is also a Major in the army, was the son of Maj. Gen. A Malhotra.
It may be recalled that the tragic accident took place, when the Cheetah helicopter in which the three officers were flying plunged into a cliff at Teyozükha mountain slope above Viswema village on Wednesday morning.
The bodies of the three officers were later found near the mangled debris of the ill-fated helicopter. It was reported that the helicopter had suddenly supposedly nose-dived on the slope due to poor visibility and killed all the occupants on the spot.
Army grateful
GOC 3 Corps Lt. Gen. N. K. Singh AVSM, VSM and all ranks of 3 Corps Thursday expressed gratitude to the people of Viswema and Kohima for their efforts in recovering the mortal remains of three army officers who perished at the helicopter crash near Viswema on August 18.
The Singh appreciated the prompt and wholehearted assistance provided by the people of Viswema by way of immediate information about the crash, guiding and joining in the search, and help in retrieving the bodies from the wreckage, despite inclement weather.
Also acknowledging floral tributes paid by the people of Viswema and Kohima to the departed souls, the GOC also extended heartfelt gratitude to all the individuals, public organizations and civil administration for their assistance. He also thanked the governor of Nagaland Nikhil Kumar and chief minister Neiphiu Rio for conveying their condolences on the demise of the three officers in the helicopter crash.

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