A pall of gloom descended on Burjwala village in the district after the news of the death of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) head constable Jagtar Singh (45), who was killed in an ambush by militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday, reached his family.
Jagtar, who was posted as a driver with the CRPF’s 161 battalion, was among eight jawans who were killed in an attack on their convoy. After Jagtar’s family received the information about his death on Saturday evening, the entire village went into mourning.
His body is being brought here from Srinagar and would be kept at the mortuary of the Rupnagar civil hospital on Sunday night. His elder brother Pavittar Singh, who is an inspector in state vigilance bureau, said keeping in mind the possible delay in the body’s arrival, the cremation would take place on Monday.
Rupnagar deputy commissioner Karnesh Sharma condoled with the death of Jagtar. The Punjab government would provide financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh to the next of the kin of the martyr, he said, adding that Jagtar’s body would be cremated with full state honours.
Jagtar, who had joined the CRPF in 1994, is survived by wife Harneep Kaur, daughter Jashanpreet Kaur (15) and son Gurmanveer Singh (9). His father Saudagar Singh (88) and mother Mohinder Kaur are in a state of deep shock.
He was the youngest of five siblings. One of his brothers Nirmal Singh is in the army.
Jagtar had visited his home on June 16 and returned to Srinagar on June 17. He was scheduled to visit on June 28. He had talked to his children on phone just half an hour before the incident.