The Last Passage
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Last Passage of Lt. Nawang Kapadia

Nawang was killed in an encounter, bravely rescuing a comrade, in best traditions of the Army. His body was returned draped in the National Flag.  The last rites of Nawang were conducted with full Army honours by the 9th battalion of the Kumaun Regiment. The Kumaun Regiment is also a “hill regiment” like the 3rd Gorkhas. Nawang, wrapped in the National flag, was taken on a decorated gun carriage full of guards in an Army Convoy from the INHS Ashvini Military Hospital to his home where the family paid their respects. From there he was taken to the Worli Crematorium where the Army paid the highest honour to the gallant officer. After a short religious ceremony, the army buglers played the Last Post and a 21 gun salute was fired. The army band played the tunes as the soldiers reversed arms and bowed to a hero. His body was then cremated with tears in everyone’s eyes and Salutes from more than 200 army officers present.

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Ayee paying respects.jpg (147947 bytes) Ma and Baba Paying Respects at Home.jpg (150641 bytes) Sonam pay respect to Nawang.jpg (103213 bytes)
Paying homage to Nawang at Home Nawang's parents paying homange to their son Sonam paying his respects
Colours of St Xavier's Boys Academy being lowered.jpg (139125 bytes) Coming Home.jpg (151458 bytes) Coming Home2.jpg (155047 bytes)
School flags being lowered in memory of Nawang Nawang's remains are brought home Nawang's remains are brought home
Ma and Baba paying respect to Nawang.jpg (113621 bytes) Mamu paying respects.jpg (146259 bytes) Band at the Crematorium.jpg (163362 bytes)
    The funeral march
Mrinal paying respects to Nawang.jpg (130474 bytes) Nawang being brought in with Honours.jpg (185278 bytes) Nawang with his Army Family.jpg (193860 bytes)
  Funeral procession with full military honours Funeral procession with full military honours
Nawang.jpg (83696 bytes) Shok Shastra - Army paying homage.jpg (138367 bytes) Abhay Singh carrying Nawang.jpg (143607 bytes)
  The honour guard Officer carrying the brave soldier
The Gun Carriage carrying Nawang.jpg (140923 bytes) Muffled drums beating for Nawang.jpg (131551 bytes) Officers bringing in Nawang for the last rites.jpg (136370 bytes)
Gunship with the remains Muffled drums beat the last march Army paying respect to their own

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