A pall of gloom descended on Kotla Sharf village in Batala as the body of inspector Jagjit Singh, 36, of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) arrived here on Sunday evening.
Inspector Jagjit of the CRPF’s 219 Battalion was among 12 personnel killed in an ambush by Maoist rebels in insurgency-hit Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on Saturday. He was part of a patrol party of the 219 Battalion that was attacked in a dense forest.
The deceased is survived by his wife, Rashpal Kaur, and sons Gurnoor Singh, 10, and Shehbaj Singh, 4. His mortal remains were consigned to flames at his native village in the evening.
Jagjit’s cousin Avtar Singh said his unit was even attacked in June last year, but this time insurgents had come prepared with multiple hidden IEDs and ammunition, leading to major fatalities.
CRPF deputy inspector general SS Gaur, Gurdaspur deputy commissioner Pardeep Kumar Aggrwal and Batala senior superintendent of police Deepak Halori extended condolences to the bereaved family.