The funeral will be held in his hometown in Alappuzha, where he will be laid to rest with full military honours.

Mortal remains of BSF jawan killed in cross-border firing brought home to KeralaImage Courtesy: Manorama
news Defence Monday, January 22, 2018 - 13:05

The body of Lance Naik Sam Abraham, who killed in cross-border firing in Jammu and Kashmir earlier this month, was brought back to his hometown, Mavelikkara in Alappuzha, on Monday.

His body was first taken to the Military Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday night, before it was brought to Mavelikkara.

Lance Naik Sam Abraham’s body was kept at BH Higher Secondary School, Mavelikkara, so the public could pay their respects. It was then moved to Poonakamm, where the late soldier’s house is.

Sam Abraham is survived by his wife, Anu, daughter, Angel, and parents, Abraham John and Saramma.

The funeral will be held at St Gregorios Orthodox Church, Punnamoodu, on Monday afternoon, where he will be laid to rest with full military honours.

Meanwhile, Alappuzha District Collector TV Anupama also visited the jawan’s house to extend her support to the family. She offered her condolences and promised them government help.

The Indian Army had also expressed grief over Sam’s death saying, "The nation will remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty."

The army had also organized a wreath-laying ceremony at the Jammu-based White Knight Corp in honour of Sam Abraham.

Thirty-four-old Sam was a member of the Sixth Madras Regiment. He was killed in a burst of cross-border firing in the Sunderbani sector along the Line of Control on Friday.

He had 17 years of service with the Indian Army, and was set to retire in November 2018.