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Asansol: Sanjit Kumar Harijan, a jawan of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) who died during an anti-Maoist operation in Chhattisgarh yesterday, has been cremated with full state honours at his native place Asansol today.

Harijan, 31, along with other CRPF jawans, was out on a routine coming operation against Maoist insurgents in the Sukma forests in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday noon.

During this, he accidentally stepped on a landmine allegedly planted by the Maoist ultras and was critically injured. CRPF rushed him to a hospital in Chhattisgarh capital Raipur but the jawan from Asansol did not survive.

The news of his martyrdom reached his family at Asansol’s Usha village late evening yesterday. Today afternoon Harijan’s mortal remains reached in a coffin and he was cremated with full state honours.

CRPF and Bengal police personnel offered the departed jawan a gun salute. Senior officers of the CRPF local unit and state police were present.

Harijan was the only son of a retired employee of the Eastern Coalfields Ltd. He is survived by his parents, widow, and three minor children.