It was a poignant scene at the village of Army paratrooper Mukut Bihari Meena who died fighting the militants in Kashmir when his five month old daughter sat on his coffin and lay on it when his body arrived.
For ritual sake little Aaru held the burning stick along with her grandfather Jagannath before the latter completed the formalities of lighting the funeral pyre yesterday.
"Me and all the Army officers were watching you doing this and I know everyone of us were thinking in our own respective ways but your innocence and your father were at the centre of our thoughts," Jhalawar district collector Jitendra Soni said an emotional letter to the infant that was shared on Facebook.
"Not only this area, but the blessings of every responsible and sensible citizen of the entire country with you. Grow well and make your father's glorious martyrdom your pride," Soni said.
The collector also mentioned how the innocent gesture of Aaru caught attention of people and made them emotional.
Public representatives, officials from the Army, district administration, police and thousands of people from different parts of the district paid homage to Meena.
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