Emotions ran high in Hardo Bathwala village as BSF jawan Raman Kumar’s body was brought home from Jammu and Kashmir. Kumar, official sources said, was killed on Sunday after his service rifle accidently went off at Jammu’s Gadigarh area, where he was posted.
Soon after officers and jawans of the BSF’s 78th battalion brought the body to the village at 5.30 pm, 27-year-old Kumar was cremated with government honours.
Kumar, who was the eldest son of his family, is survived by his parents, Kundan Lal and Surjit, besides a brother and two sisters. Lal runs a tailoring shop.
Kumar had joined the BSF on February 25, 2010. He had returned to duty on December 5 after spending ten days at home.
His family said that on Sunday, the day Kumar died, he had had a long chat over phone with his mother and was “very happy”. Only 10 minutes later, the family said, they received a call from Jammu that Kumar had been injured in accidental firing.
Kumar died of bullet wounds in the stomach.