The last rites of sepoy Gursewak Singh, who died fighting intruders along the Line of Control (LOC), were performed with full state and military honours at his native village of Warana, 10 kms from here, on Monday.
In the ensuring gunfight, sepoy Gursewak Singh, 23, of the 22 Sikh Regiment suffered gunshot wounds and succumbed to his injuries on Saturday night in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.
A pall of gloom descended on the entire village and neighbouring areas as Gursewak’s body was brought there for the last rites on Monday morning.
As the soldier was given an emotional farewell, every person present there, including politicians and army officials, were seen in tears.
Deputy commissioner Balwinder Singh announced Rs 5 lakh and a residential plot worth `5 lakh to the martyr’s family besides a government job to one of the kin. He said the administration will always stand by the bereaved family.
WAS TO GET MARRIED IN FEBRUARY
Gursewak, who is survived by his father Balwinder Singh, mother Baljit Kaur and elder brother Jasbir Singh, was to get married in February next year.
His fiancée Rajmit Kaur, who attended the funeral, said the news Gursewak’s demise amid wedding preparations had left everyone in their families in shock.
“I had never imagined he would leave me so soon. But I am proud that Gursewak fought the enemy with so much courage,” she said.
COUNTRY CAN NEVER REPAY DEBT: KAIRON
“The country can never repay the debt it owes to Gursewak and his family. We will never forget that we are alive today only because of sacrifices such as that made by him,” said cabinet minister Adesh Partap Singh Kairon, who attended the martyr’s cremation.
Kairon said Gursewak proved what unflinching courage and commitment can achieve even at an age that most would consider tender. “In the process, Gursewak emerged as a glowing symbol of what all the gurus taught us about patriotic courage,” he said.