Moodbidri: Girish Ishwar Poojary (35), who had been serving in the Indian Army Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME) in Rajasthan, had died of a cardiac failure in the army camp of Jan 2.
His body was flown to Delhi en route to Bengaluru on Monday. After it arrived around 12-45 pm, official respects under protocol were paid and was sent by an ambulance to his native place of Urki in Badaga Yedapadavu near here.
Around 10 pm, the body was handed over by the army personnel to the family. Naik Palani of the EME, Subedar G B Sharat of the ASE Centre, Bengaluru, the wife of the deceased, Rekha and their four-year-old son Gagan had accompanied them.
A large crowd had already gathered to pay their last respects to the late soldier. The people around were touched by the gesture of carrying of the coffin on their shoulders by Mangaluru revenue assistant commissioner Dr Ashok Kumar, tahsildar Muhammed Is-haq, Bajpe police inspector T D Nagaraj and others.
Girish was the youngest of the seven children of the late Ishwar Poojary. In 2011, he had married Rekha Poojarti from Handelu. Having come on holidays recently, it was only about 20 days earlier that he had taken Rekha and Gagan to Rajasthan to stay with him.
On Saturday, after completing his duty around noon, he had come home and suddenly collapsed in the bathroom. He was rushed to the nearby military hospital but died soon thereafter. He served in the Army for 17 years.