The brutal killing and mutilation of rifleman Prabhu Singh along with two other Indian soldiers in the Machhil sector along the Line of Control (LoC) — the de facto border — in Kupwara district by suspected Pakistani troops has left Khirjankhas villagers seething. Villagers have registered strong protest and sought retribution for the “cowardly act.”
The 25-year-old soldier from the village was killed and his body mutilated during a gunfight. The two other slain soldiers are Uttar Pradesh natives K Kushwah, 31, and Shashank K Singh, 25.
“Each family at Khirjankhas village in Shergarh tehsil has sent a son to serve in the Indian Army…Our village is prepared for the sacrifice of not just one, but hundreds of Prabhu Singhs,” said Rajveer, a local.
Another Lal Singh said India should continue surgical strikes till the enemy was completely wiped out.
Meanwhile, Prabhu’s father Chandra Singh, a retired armyman, told reporters that the family was planning to celebrate Singh’s birthday on Wednesday, but now they were waiting for his body to arrive on Thursday.
“Only parents can feel the pain of losing a young son,” he said.
“Pakistan needs to be taught a lesson. I have retired from the Indian Army, but if allowed I am ready to head to the border to take revenge from the terrorists and the Pakistani Army.”
Prabhu Singh had joined 13 Rajputana Rifles in 2011 and was currently deployed in the 57 Rashtriya Rifles. He is survived his father, four sisters, wife and a 10-month-old daughter.
During his visit to the village this Diwali, Prabhu had assured to get one of his sisters married when he was home during the next vacation.
“The true tribute to my friend will only be a strong reply to Pakistan for its misadventure,” said Prem Singh, Prabhu’s friend.
In a series of tweets, chief minister Vasundhara Raje paid tributes to he slain soldier. “Heart breaking to know that today is Veer Shaheed Prabhu Singh’s birthday - cannot imagine what the family must be going through,” she tweeted. Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot also tweeted, saying: “What Pakistan did to Jodhpur #Rajasthan’s brave son #PrabhuSingh’s body is cowardly n ghastly...It has shamed humanity (sic).”