In an embarrassing situation for the police and district administration, guns of Haryana police personnel failed to deliver while according state honours to martyr Kuldeep Kumar, who was killed in Jammu and Kashmir during an encounter with militants, at his cremation at Kheri Bullah village of Jind district on Sunday.
Lance Naik Kuldeep Kumar (27), who was recruited in the army in 2008 was among eight armymen killed on Friday when militants struck at an army camp in J&K.
Officials from Hisar army cantonment, Jind administration and Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala had reached the cremation ground to pay their tributes to Kuldeep Kumar during lighting of the pyre.
However, the guns of four of the five police personnel, who were deputed to accord state honours by firing shots in the air, failed to deliver on the occasion. The police personnel successfully completed salutary fire in the second attempt.
Dubbing it as a serious lapse, Jind deputy commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi said the matter has come into his knowledge and he has marked an inquiry into it. He promised a strict action in the case after completion of the probe.
Martyr’s widow vows to send son to army
Reposing her faith in the army, Rekha Devi, wife of martyr Kuldeep Kumar, said she was proud of her husband who sacrificed his life fighting for the nation.
Devi, who was married to Kumar three years ago, said she would fulfil the dream of her husband by sending their 18-month-old son Deep to defence services. It would be a real tribute to him, she added.