Wife to bring ‘sacred earth’ from martyr husband Albert Ekka’s place of burial
By Abha Manakatala - Fri Dec 04, 10:58 am
After Balamdina Ekka has refused to accept the urn carrying the ‘sacred earth’ brought from the place of burial of her husband and 1971 war martyr Albert Ekka,Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das has decided to accompany her to pick it up from the burial ground in a village in Agartala on December 27.
This happned on Thursday when Das handed over the urn carrying the ‘sacred earth’ brought from the place of burial of 1971 war martyr Albert Ekka to his family at Jari village in Gumla district and Balamdina refuced to accept it saying she can not trust that the urn carrying the \sacred earth’ belonged to late Albert Ekka.
To keep her sentiments intact,the CM offered a solution by saying that he was ready to accompany her to Agartala village to bring the urn carrying the sacred earth from the place of burial in Agartala village again on December 27.This was accepted by her.
Earlier,Das had visited the martyr’s wife Balamdina at her residence, paid tributes at the soldier’s statue before addressing the Martyr Festival at the village organised on the 45th martyrdom of Ekka.
Recalling the soldier’s gallant fight against Pakistani troops in the war of 1971, Das said the state would always stand by martyrs and former soldiers.
Ekka, who was posthumously awarded Param Vir Chakra, the country’s highest military decoration, was buried at Dulki village near Agartala.
Das said the urn already brought would be under the safe custody of the Gumla district Deputy Commissioner and a martyr memorial would be constructed after a 10-member team headed by a tribal leader, Ratan Tirkey, would visit and return from the burial place near Agartala on December 27.
In fact,an Army representative had on November 30 handed over the urn to Das after the state initiated to bring it after Ekka’s wife Balamdina requested it for adoration.
Before visiting the martyr’s Jari village, Das and Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu garlanded the statue of Ekka in Ranchi.
Picture shows CM Raghubar Das alongwith Social Welfare Minister Lois Marandi,MLAs Shiv Shankar Oraon and Gangotri Kujur holding urn carrying ‘sacred earth’ which was brought from the burial place of Paramvir Chakra winner martyr Albert Ekka in Agartala.