Resolve your differences and bring peace: Kargil martyr’s kin to India, Pakistan on Kargil Vijay Diwas

The residents of Nabha’s Akalgarh village claim that over 50 people from their village are soldiers in the Indian Army.

punjab Updated: Jul 26, 2018 12:37 IST
Mohit Singla
Mohit Singla
Hindustan Times, Nabha
Martyr Gurmail Singh’s brother lakhwinder Singh and father Mehar Singh at their village in Nabha.(HT Photo)

On Vijay Diwas, the residents of Nabha’s Akalgarh village remembered martyr Gurmail Singh, 24, who had attained martyrdom during the Kargil war on July 12, 1999.

The villagers claim that over 50 people from their village are soldiers in the Indian Army. But despite this contribution, the village is a picture of neglect.

“We want the government to provide us with better health, sanitation, education, and sports facilities,” one of the villagers said.

“The government should take better care of the residents of our village,” said Gurmail’s brother, Lakhwinder Singh, who now lives in Greece.

“Our village does not have any playground, dispensary or high school. And poor sanitation conditions prevail till date,” rued Gurmail’s father Mehar Singh, 80.

Sarpanch Gurvinder Singh Mundi said that the village has no income source except for the common reserved agricultural land. “A grant of ₹2 lakh provided for the development of our village was taken back when the new government was formed in 2017,” the sarpanch added.

Rajinder Kaur, whose son is also in the army, said, “It’s difficult for the pregnant women in our village to travel to private establishments for delivery. But they don’t have much of a choice. The nearest dispensary is around 6km away from the village.”

Gurmail’s kin and other villagers urged the Pakistani and Indian government to resolve their differences and bring peace.

“Innocent lives are lost on both sides, on daily-basis. And now, drug abuse has added to the death toll. Both the governments should work towards improving the situation,” another villager said.

The army and civil administration will commemorate the martyrdom of Gurmail Singh at the village on Thursday.

First Published: Jul 26, 2018 12:36 IST