Soldier cremated in Hoddur

Lt Col Nanjappa was killed in chopper crash in Sikkim last week

Lt Col Nanjappa’s mother Kanthi grieving before her son’s body.

When the soldiers were carrying the body for cremation, the people started shouting ‘Col Nanjappa sir ge jai, jai..”

Hundreds of people had gathered at Hoddur school premises to pay their last respect to Lt Col Nanjappa.

The whole village was praising Nanjappa for his courage and valour.  Villagers said “though he was holding the post of Lt Col, he was not arrogant.  He used to mingle with all. He had concern for poor.”

The body was brought from Bangalore to Hoddur on Monday.  The whole village had gathered to get the last glimpse of their ‘proud son.’ When his wife Nayana with her one-year-old daughter Sneha placed a wreath on the body, the whole family members and the villagers started grieving.

He was known for his social service. Whenever he used to visit his native, Nanjappa used to visit Yathimkhana in Kodangeri and donate clothes to 30 orphan kids along with food. He was known for his humane quality, said a villager.

He had also adopted two kids from an orphanage in Bangalore and was bearing their day to day expenses.  Lt Col Nanjappa was good in sports including cricket and shuttle badminton. He was once selected for Ranji Cricket in Uttar Pradesh. “As I was serving in bank and was transferred all over the country, he could not concentrate on cricket,” said his father Chowrira Nanaiah with tears in his eyes.

He was very good in shuttle badminton that he had beat the person who had taught him within 16 days of learning the game.  “After he completed BCom from Hamsaraj College in New Delhi in 1994, I had asked him to write Railway examination. However, he was selected in the army. Now nobody can bring my son back to life. The villagers who had gathered in large number have shared my grief. I am grateful to them,” Nanaiah added.
“We came up in life with hard work. We will continue the good works done by Vishranth. At the same time, I have a great role to play on the future of my daughter-in-law Nayana and grand daughter,” he said.

Earlier Assembly Speaker K G Bopaiah, MLA M P Appachu Ranjan, ZP member Allaranda Beena, Usha Devamma, and others paid their last respect to the departed soul.

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