<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BSF jawan Nitin Subhash Koli, who was killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Macchil sector along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, was laid to rest in Sanghli on Monday.The 28-year-old constable Koli, hailing from Dudhgaon village Sangli in Maharashtra, was martyred on Saturday. Koli had joined BSF in 2008 and is survived by his wife and two sons aged four years and two years. His body was sent to his native village amid tearful farewell given to him by his colleagues.Thousands of villagers today bid a tearful adieu to Subhash, who was cremated with full military honours. State ministers Chandrakant Patil and Sadabhau Khot were among those who paid tributes to the martyr. Earlier, his body was taken to his home and later kept at the Karmveer Chowk to enable people pay their last respects.”I salute our brave martyr Nitin Koli from Sangli who lost his life protecting our nation. We stand by his family in their tough time,” Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Sunday “We have taken a decision to provide financial aid of Rs 15 lakh to the family of our martyred soldier,” he told PTI.After the news broke out of Koli being killed, villagers from Dudhgoan decided not to celebrate Diwali on Sunday. Subhash was supposed to come home after Diwali and even wished his family ‘Happy Diwali’ over phone on Friday, a close relative of the jawan, said. “On Saturday morning, the news came in about his martyrdom and the entire family as well as the village received a rude shock,” he said.Before he joined BSF in 2008, Koli worked as a manual labourer to pay for his education till 12th standard and also to financially support the family. Recently, he had helped his brother to buy a van so that he could start a small business, a family member said.On Friday, Subhash sustained grievous injuries when the round blasted inside the chamber of his long-range weapon he was firing in retaliation to ceasefire violation from across the LoC. He was hit in the shoulder due to the recoil and was admitted to medical facility where he succumbed.Pakistani troops violated ceasefire in Machhil sector on Friday to provide cover to a column of infiltrating militants. One soldier of army and one militant was killed in the incident. The militants had mutilated the body of the slain soldier. Army has said “this act will invite an appropriate response”.
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