The mortal remains of Honorary Capt Fateh Singh Thakur, a Defence Security Corps (DSC) personnel, who died fighting Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists inside the Pathankot airbase on Saturday, will be consigned to flames with full honours on Monday.
Fateh, an ace international-level shooter who won many medals for the country, was a resident of Jhande Gujjaran village in Kahnuwan block of Gurdaspur district.
After retiring from the 15 Dogra Regiment in 2011, Fateh started living with his family at Mahu in Madhya Pradesh. A few months later, he joined the defence security corps — a specialised unit that provides security to defence ministry sites. He was shifted to the Pathankot airbase in 2014.
Fateh’s family members said he always wanted to serve the nation. “He was so passionate about the army that he got his eldest son Gurdeep Singh Deepu enlisted in the same regiment (15 Dogras) from where he had retired,” martyr’s cousin Kuldip Singh told Hindustan Times.
Fateh, who was honoured by then Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, was popular with the villagers for his good nature. Fateh is survived by his wife Madhu Bala and two sons. His younger son Nitin Thakur,who is studying in class 9,s also wants to follow in the footsteps of his father and elder brother and join the army.
Kulwant visited family only last week
Another DSC personnel, who laid down his life fighting terrorists on Saturday, also hails from Gurdaspur. Havildar Kulwant Singh, 48, will be cremated with full honours at his native village — Chak Sharif village — on Monday.
Kulwant, who retired from the army in 2004, joined the DSC in 2006. He is survived by his wife Harbhajan Kaur and two sons — Surinder Singh, a Class 12 student and Gursharan Singh, who studies in Class 6. He was transferred from Odisha to Pathankot air force station just two months ago.
Surinder said his father had come home last week to spend time with the family and had joined back on Tuesday.
Kulwant’s uncle Kuldip Singh told HT that he was proud of his nephew. He said Kulwant’s salary and pension was the only source of income for the family.