Gloom spread at the Sector-18 house here as soon as the news of death of Lt Col Bikramjeet Singh, who was killed in Samba after a fidayeen attack on 16 Cavalry Army formation, reached here.
The area falls under the jurisdiction of Western Command based at Chandimandir, Panchkula.
Brig RS Mann of Western Command informed the family about the tragedy. Mother Luvpreet Kaur was inconsolable while father Major Paramjit Singh (retd) was trying to come to terms with the tragedy. Relatives and family friends also reached to offer their condolences.
Putting in around 14 years in service, Lt Col Bikramjeet Singh had an illustrious career. His last posting was in Ganganagar. He is survived by wife Navneet Kaur and eight-year-old daughter Ramneet Kaur. Navneet works as teacher at Jammu and lived at SAS Nagar before marriage.
Chandigarh mayor Subhash Chawla also visited the family. A heavy police arrangement was put around the house.
Bikramjeet's cousin Gurpreet Kaur said he was a nice fellow and she had talked to him some days ago. She said he was about to come home soon. Neighbour Prem Krishan said the family had been living here since 1960s. About Bikramjeet he said he was good-natured and social.
Bikramjeet's body reached Chandimandir by a helicopter around 6pm.
On Friday morning, a wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the command headquarters and after that the body would be moved to Sector 18 house in Chandigarh. Brig Mann said the cremation would take place around 3pm at Sector 25, Chandigarh, with full military honours.