Gobind Singh (28), a soldier from Sivian village in the district, who died of injuries he received in a terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir, was cremated at his native village in presence of his family, political leaders and armymen on Friday evening.The cremation was performed as per the army traditions under the supervision of Naib Subedar Kuldip Singh and 176 Medium Unit, Bathinda, of the Indian Army.Bhucho MLA Ajaib Singh Bhatti, SDM Ramveer, District Sainik Welfare officer SS Mann and Naib Tehsildar Subhash Mittal attended the cremation, while leaders from the ruling party were absent.The body was brought to his village on Friday noon and was cremated within an hour.
Gobind Singh, who joined the army in 2004, was posted in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir. While on a patrol on July 16, he and other armymen were attacked by a group of terrorists, who were hiding. Gobind received bullet injuries in his stomach and was hospitalised in the army base hospital. He died on July 19.
The martyr is survived by his mother Gurmail Kaur, father Bhajan Singh, wife Rajinder Kaur and two sons - Jaspreet Singh and Paramjit Singh. Gobind's parents had lost their two other sons earlier, including one last year.
"On July 16, we were informed that Gobind was injured in firing between soldiers and terrorists in Kupwara. Two days ago, he had called me up and said he will soon join in his parent unit at Dehradun," said father Bhajan Singh.Village sarpanch Gurtej Singh said, "The entire village was shocked on learning about the death of Bhajan's son. The family is in immense grief. Gobind was their only breadwinner."