Shillong Oct 18: Assam Rifles personnel from Meghalaya, Rahboklang Nongrum passed away at Commandant Hospital, Lucknow after suffering from serious illness while undergoing military training.
The jawan was also the cousin brother of Kargil war martyr Captain, Keishing Clifford Nongrum.
The soldier (Rahboklang) is the son of Aiphli Nongrum and (late) Joseph Nongkhlaw of Demthring, Shillong. He left behind his wife Banrihun Marbañiang, and only son, Ozias Marbañiang, his mother, brothers and sisters and cousins.
Rahboklang, 36, has served the nation as the general soldier of the Assam Rifles for 16 years. He joined the Assam Rifles in 2004, and recently he passed an examination for the officer post.
While undergoing training at Gaya, Rahboklang suffered from heat exhaustion and immediately admitted at the Military Hospital, Gaya on October 5.
On October 10 he was evacuated to Commandant Hospital Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh for further treatment, but passed away on October 16.
Rahboklang’s cousin brother, K. Geoffrey Nongrum expressed grief over the demise of his brother and termed it “unexpected and painful” to the family.
“His demise has shocked all of us in the family and it is so painful that he died on the day when his son attained six years on October 16,” Geoffrey said.
According to Geoffrey, Rahboklang worked so hard to pass the exam to become an army officer he got the inspiration to serve the nation as army from Captain Keishing Clifford Nongrum.
Captain Keishing Clifford Nongrum was an Indian army officer of the 12 Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry, who was posthumously awarded the Maha Vir Chakra, India’s second highest gallantry award, for exemplary valor in combat during operations in the Kargil War in 1999.
“We all were very happy a few months ago when he passed the examination and proud of him that he would become an officer in the army. But we lost him so soon and unexpectedly,” Geoffrey said as he mourned.
The mortal remains of Rahboklang reached Shillong from Lucknow on Saturday night.
The body was taken to his mother’s house at Demthring, and the funeral service will be held in his wife’s house at Nongrim Hills.
The burial will take place at the Catholic Cemetery Nongshiliang, Nongthymmai on October 19.