Family members, locals, army men and political leaders thronged to Akhwana village in Pathankot district in large number on Sunday to bid adieu to Sepoy Manjit Singh, who was killed in the Imphal terror ambush.
Sepoy Singh was consigned to the flames with full army honour. He is survived by his wife Kajal Guleria and parents.
Sandeep Singh, younger brother of Sepoy Manjeet Singh, who is also serving the Indian Army in Jammu and Kashmir, performed the last rights. “He laid his life for the country and as an army man I salute my colleague,” said Sandeep after performing the last rights of his brother.
Manjit’s body was brought to Akhwana village from Jammu on Sunday. The body was first flown to Chandigargh from Imphal, along with the bodies of other soldiers from Himachal and J&K, where Lt Gen KJ Singh paid a tribute. Later, his body was flown to Jammu, along with the bodies of six other soldiers hailing from the Jammu region.
“Manjit had promised that he would come back by Friday, but he broke his promise. He had promised to come alive,” said Kajal Guleria after receiving her husband’s body.
Punjab legislative assembly deputy speaker Dinesh Singh Babbu, who visited the home of Sepoy Manjit Singh to console the bereaved family, promised full support to the family by the administration. Babbu is a resident of neighboring Manwal village.
Major Gen Divesh Agnihotri, BJP leader and former minister Master Mohan Lal and many other religious and political figures paid a rich tribute to the martyr.
“Pathnkot region is full of young army men serving in almost every part of the country. Many of them had laid their lives for the nation and numerous memorials were erected in the region to recall their valiant service. Manjit had also added his name among them,” said Randhir Singh Bitta, press secretary of Shaheed Sainik Parivar Parishad.