Garuda (Indian Air Force) commando Gursewak Singh, 25, had got married on November 18 last year. The family, which lives in Garnala village of Ambala district, could not believe the news when they were informed by the air force personnel in the morning that Gursewak had died in the terror attack at Pathankot. Now, the house that hosted a wedding just two months back is set to host his funeral.
Gursewak had joined the Indian Air Force six years ago as an airman. Even when the news of Pathankot attack flashed on television screens, the family was not alerted as Gursewak was deployed at Adampur. It was only later that he was asked to join the security forces thwarting the attack at the air base.
Last Sunday, Gursewak had visited the home to drop his newlywed wife, Jaspreet Kaur. Presently, she is at her parents’ home. The martyr’s father, Sucha Singh, said: “I am proud of my son. He sacrificed his life for the nation. He was fearless. He always wanted to join the air force.”
Mother Amrik Kaur, meanwhile, was inconsolable. Gursewak’s brother Hardeep Singh is also in the army. As soon as the news of Gursewak’s death spread in the village, people gathered at the house to offer condolences. Haryana health minister Anil Vij, too, visited the family to offer his tributes. “It is a loss that cannot be compensated. The whole nation will remember their sacrifice.” Gursewak’s body arrived at his home at night and the cremation will be held at 11am on Monday.
Rs 20-lakh relief for kin
Meanwhile, Haryan CM Manohar Lal Khattar expressed his condolences to the bereaved family and announced Rs 20 lakh as financial assistance to them.