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In Pathankot, national bird cremated with state honours

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Ravi Dhaliwal

Tribune News Service

Pathankot, November 9

Scores of villagers watched in awe as wildlife officials cremated a peacock with full state honours after the body was brought to the ground wrapped in the Tricolour in Sahuchak village here today.

Although residents were flummoxed at the turn of events, Deputy Commissioner Sanyam Aggarwal clarified that the dead bird was given the honour normally reserved for martyred defence personnel and national figures because it had been accorded the status of a "national bird".

The cremation, watched by villagers and officials, took place in the Kathlour wildlife sanctuary located near Sahuchak. Moments before the pyre was lit, the Tricolour was removed. "It was heartening to see wildlife officials display nationalistic zeal to cremate the bird with dignity. They had followed the protocol," the DC added. "The sarpanch told me that the bird had probably died after falling from a tree. We formed a panel of veterinary doctors to find out the cause of death," said Rajesh Mahajan, Pathankot Divisional Forest Officer (Wildlife).

from The Tribune

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