Mortal remains of sepoy Karam Chand of 4 Dogras who died while fighting Chinese aggressors in Arunachal Pradesh in 1962 were consigned to flames with full military honours in his native village near Palampur on Thrusday.
Family members of Chand had been under the impression that the soldier was taken as a Prisoner of War and did not expect that his body would come back after 48 years.
The martyr's body was spotted under a debris by a detachment of Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in Walong area on July 1 and his identity tag and papers were found along with his weapon, which were intact.
Commanding Officer of 4 Dogras Col S K Singh contacted Chand's family in Agojar, about 14 km from Palampur.
Chand and many other soldiers went missing after the Battle of Walong in Arunachal Pradesh's Lohit district during the Sino India war. Chinese troops had attacked the post at Walong on October 25, 1962, but the Indian troops fought them for 22 days despite meagre resources.
Hundreds of people including a large number of ex servicemen who were part of 4 Dogras which fought the Chinese in Arunachal Pradesh in 1962 paid their homage to the departed soul.
After the customary rituals, the mortal remains draped in the national flag were taken to the cremation grounds where senior army officers including Lt Gen Jasbir Singh Chief of Staff, Northen Command, who is also the Colonel Commandant of Dogra regiment, GOC of 39 Mountain Division were present.
Jaswant Singh, nephew of the soldier, lit the pyre.
Jaswant said it was a matter of great satisfaction that he was able perform the last rites of his uncle but had his body been traced earlier, his parents, who always inquired about him, would have got some solace.