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Body of army jawan arrives in Moga, cremated with military honours

The jawan was killed in Pakistani firing in Nowshera sector of Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday

punjab Updated: Jul 19, 2017 21:34 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Bathinda
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Jaspreet, a native of Moga, is survived by two brothers and two sisters.(HT Photo)

Army jawan Jaspreet Singh, 24, who was killed in Pakistani firing in Nowshera sector of Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, was cremated with full army honours at his native village Talwandi Mallian, about 20 km from the district headquarters, on Wednesday.

Hundreds of people, who poured in from different parts of the district gave a tearful adieu to the slain soldier.

Earlier, Jaspreet’s coffin draped in Tricolour was brought to his home in the presence of senior army officials, who paid floral tributes to him.

A gun salute was given to the soldier by a contingent of army led by Lt Col Vaibhav Srivastav, prior to which bugles sounded the Last Post.

Sepoy’s father Sarwan Singh, along with his son Kuldeep Singh, consigned his lastb remains to flames.

Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar, Moga MLA Harjot Kamal, Dharamkot MLA Sukhjit Singh Kaka Lohgarh and Baghapurana MLA Darshan Singh Brar called on the family and paid condolences.

Jaspreet, who belonged to a labour class family, tried his luck for over 10 times in army recruitment rallies after completing his Class 12, before he was finally recruited as a sepoy.

Jaspreet had last visited his house during his elder sister Parminder Kaur’s marriage last year.

“Jaspreet has recently told me over phone that he is coming home on July 29 and also getting his transfer to Jalandhar soon. The whole family was very happy and could not anticipate this tragedy,” mother Rajinder Kaur said.

Father Sarwan said that he was proud of his son who got died for his country. “My son always wanted to die for the nation. I want a memorial in remembrance of my son in the village,” he said.

Sarwan said the government should give freedom to the army to give a befitting reply to Pakistan.

Jaspreet’s brother Kuldeep Singh said the family had been asking him to get married but he insisted that he will take the plunge after constructing a new house for the family.

RS 10-LAKH RELIEF, JOB FOR SOLDIER’S KIN

Meanwhile, chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for the his family and a police job for his younger brother. The announcment was made by Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar on behalf of the state government

JAWAN WHO DIED OF HEART ATTACK CREMATED IN MUKTSAR

Meanwhile, army jawan Amanpreet Singh (38), who died after a heart attack in Ladakh on Monday, was cremated with full military honours at Bariwala village in Muktsar district on Wednesday.

Lt Parveen Kumar, naib tehsildar Charnjeet Singh and other army officers paid tributes to him.

Amanpreet, who joined the army in 1999, leaves behind his wife, an 11-year-old son and seven-year-old daughter.

Amanpreet’s father Harjinder Singh had also served in the army.

First Published: Jul 19, 2017 18:51 IST