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Sepoy Mandeep Singh cremated in Sangrur amid anti-Pakistan slogans

Mandeep had joined the 22 Sikh regiment around three years ago and was to visit home on leave in February to make arrangements for the wedding of his sister

punjab Updated: Jan 21, 2018 20:45 IST
HT Corespondent
HT Corespondent
Hindustan Times, Sangrur
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Family members of the sepoy giving their ward the last salute as his body arrived for cremation at his native village Alampur in Lehragaga tehsil of the district, on Sunday. Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal is also seen.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)

Sepoy Mandeep Singh, 23, killed in unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan in the Krishna Ghati sector in Jammu and Kashmir, on Saturday, was cremated with full state honours at his native village Alampur in punjab’s Sangrur district, on Sunday.

As Mandeep’s body arrived, a pall of gloom descended on the village. His father Gurnam Singh and younger brother Jagdeep Singh, 20, lit the pyre. Emotions ran high as people raised slogans like ‘Pakistan Murdabad, and ‘Indian Army Zindabad’.

Former Punjab chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Lehra MLA Parminder Singh Dhindsa and Lehra sub-divisional magistrate Bikramjit Singh Shergill also attended the cremation. Many army officers and police personnel were also present.

“Punjabis sacrifice their lives for the country, but this is a difficult time for the family. We are proud of Mandeep,” said Bhattal.

Mandeep had joined the 22 Sikh regiment around three years ago and was to visit home on leave in February to make arrangements for the wedding of his sister. He is survived by parents and two siblings — an elder sister and brother Jagdeep, who wants to join the army.

First Published: Jan 21, 2018 20:40 IST