Tributes paid to dead army officer in Noida

February 4th, 2009 - 10:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Noida, Feb 4 (IANS) A pall of gloom descended on a Noida neighbourhood Wednesday as the body of an Indian Army officer, Captain Varun Chibber, who died in an accident during a counter-terrorism operation in Kashmir, was flown down to his hometown.Relatives and hundreds of visitors gathered outside his home in Sector-29 to pay tributes to the deceased army officer.

Chibber was posted in Kishtwar in Jammu and Kashmir. He lost his life Feb 2 when he was on a search operation in the militancy infested area. He fell into a deep gorge near a mountainous terrain and died on the spot.

Full state honours were given to the officer before his father Col. N.P. Chibber lit the pyre. Soldiers fired in the air to salute their departed colleague.

“I am proud of my son who laid life for the country,” said the father.

Chibber was to be married in a month.

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