Havildar Subhash Chand of 24 Punjab, who was killed fighting terrorists at Uri on Friday, belonged to an army family and the battalion from which his father, Pyar Singh, had retired in 1981.
His grandfather had joined 16 Punjab in 1935. The havildar had spent 20 days at his village, BharanaDa-Basa in Bhatiyat jurisdiction of Chamba district, recently. “He could not visit my house during last vacation but promised to come next time,” said the Kathet village vice-chief, adding: “It is hard to believe he is no more.”
The soldier leaves behind his wife; two sons, who are in Classes 9 and 11; younger brother; and parents. The army airlifted his body from Kashmir to Bakloh cantonment in Chamba district and brought it to Bharana-Da-Basa around 6.15pm on Saturday.
“The cremation will be on Sunday,” said sub-divisional magistrate Amit Mehra. Governor Urmila Singh and chief minister Virbhadra Singh have expressed deep grief over the death of the havildar and six other soldiers in Friday’s terrorist attack on an army camp at Uri in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir. They have prayed for strength to the bereaved family.