Hundreds of people along with officials from the army and the administration gave a tearful adieu to 26-year-old jawan Sandeep Singh at his village Mangewal near here as he was cremated with full military honours on Friday.
Sandeep was one of the six personnel of the army injured in a bomb attack on the contingent during riots in Goalpara district in Assam. He succumbed to his injuries on August 1.
A pall of gloom descended when the body reached the village on Thursday evening. "We never thought our brother will arrive on the day of Rakhi like this," said the wailing and inconsolable sisters of Sandeep.
Sandeep was recruited in the 13 Sikh Regiment in 2004. He was married to Kulwinder Kaur in 2009 and has a one-and-a-half-year-old boy.
His younger brother Mandeep Singh said Sandeep had talked over the phone with them two hours before the incident and expressed his wish to come for a month's leave in August.
Lieutenant Alok Singh from Nabha army station headquarters, Lt YPS Parmar, 13 Sikh Regiment, Naib Subedar Avtar Singh, Lance Naik Naib Singh and SDM Poonamdeep Kaur laid wreaths on the martyr's body.