Subhash Chandra Sunda lost his life at an Army camp at 14,000 feet in Sikkim. His body reached his native village Kundan in Sikar, Rajasthan early on May 29.
According to his friends and fellow soldiers Ashok and Arvind, Subhas never gave up and even after falling ill during the camp he had volunteered to head to the hospital which was at a lower level.
During the training camp, Subhas had complained about having a severe headache on May 25. He lost his life on May 26 while undergoing treatment at the hospital.
When Subhas’s body reached his village draped in a tricolour, the atmosphere was one of grief.
His wife, along with the entire village, bid farewell to the fallen soldier on May 30.
When Subhas’s wife Geeta Devi was given the national flag in which her husband’s body was draped, she immediately touched it to her forehead as mark of respect.
She clung on to it while her husband was given full military honours.
It was Subhas and Geeta’s four-year-old son who performed the last rites.