Satvir Singh (20), a National Defence Academy (NDA) cadet from the city who was electrocuted in Kerala during training, was cremated on Sunday with state honours.
A Punjab police contingent fired in the air to salute the departed soul. Hundreds bid adieu to him with moist eyes. Local MLA Sunder Sham Arora and chief minister Parkash Singh Badal's political advisor Tikshan Sud also paid homage.
Satveer Singh was electrocuted when he was sailing a boat along with other trainees under the aegis of Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala. The mast of the boat came in contact with an overhead high-tension electric wire. His body arrived home late Saturday. Lieutenant Sishir Kumar from the INA, who joined the funeral rites, said Satveer was set to become a sub-lieutenant in six months. He said a board of inquiry had been constituted to ascertain the cause of mishap.
Satvir had cleared the NDA examination in his first attempt in 2011 at 17. "We had high hopes from our son who was exceptionally brilliant but God had different plans," said his father Surinder Singh, a retired police officer. Satvir's mother and three siblings were inconsolable. His teachers and colleagues were also seen grieving at his untimely death.