Jammu brave hearts laid to rest amid tears

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Nagender Jamwal
The mortal remains of martyrs of 10 Dogra regiment, who attained martyrdom during fidayeen attack at Uri Army Base camp were consigned to flames with full military honours at their respective native villages in Samba and Bishnah, respectively, here today.
Subedar Karnail Singh of Village Shibu Chak, Teh-Bishnah and Havildar Ravi Paul-Sarwa hamlet in Ramgarh tehsil of Samba district were among 17 soldiers who attained martyrdom. The Army personnel of 10 Dogra Regiment presented a guard of honour to the sons of the soil by reversing the weapons. Several army officers were present during cremation which was also attended by various politicians and prominent persons of their respective areas.
Earlier, a pal of gloom descended the village after hearing the news that these two valiant soldiers have attained martyrdom on Sunday morning during a fidayeen in Uri sector.
Thousands of people from their respective villages Shibu Chak and Samba and adjoining villages rushed to the residences of these brave soldiers to pay their last respects to them.
In Samba, the tears yelled from the eyes of many mourners including the relatives of the Havildar Ravi Pal of 10 Dogra while his family members including his mother, wife, and children were in shock as they had lost their sole bread earner and a support of the family. However, after confirming the news from Army the entire family went in shock with wife of Ravi Pal, Geeta Rani and mother Malvi Devi were seen sobbing and wailing. The two sons of Ravi who are of 11 and seven years of age remained stunned after seeing a huge crowd of people rushing to their residence in grief with tears yelling from their eyes. These two little boys could not understand what tragedy has befallen them. The villagers tried their best to console the wife, mother and other family members but could not and Havaldar Ravi’s wife also went in shock. The family had never expected that they will receive such sad news about the Havildar Ravi Pal who was a popular figure in the village and inspiration for youngsters to join Army and serve nation. The family said two of Ravi’s colleagues had approached his wife Geeta Devi, 35, in Pathankot on Sunday and accompanied her and their two children to Ravi’s home in Saarba village in Jammu.
Ravi was among the few soldiers of 10 Dogra still to leave Uri, waiting to hand over to the incoming 6 Bihar. Family members said he was expected to leave Uri on Monday or Tuesday.
The family had been looking forward to the transfer as Ravi was to move to Pathankot, a peace posting. Pathankot could have been his last posting before retirement next year. Some of the other members of Ravi’s regiment had already moved to Pathankot, followed by their families. Excited about getting to spend rare time together with Ravi, Geeta and their children, 11 and 7, had shifted to Pathankot just 20 days ago. A neighbour in Saarba, Pradeep Kumar, said Geeta had also got the children admitted to a school there. After reports came that Ravi may have died, villagers gathered at the family home trying to console Geeta and Ravi’s 82-year-old mother Mulavi Devi. Ravi was the youngest among five children of Mulavi and the late Babu Ram. Two of his elder brothers are also in the Army. Mulavi recalled that Ravi had last come home three months ago, for the funeral of his eldest brother Buchan Lal. He stayed for 15 days. Meanwhile, Naib Subedar Karnail Singh son of Nand Lal also belonging to 10 Dogra is another valiant soldier from Jammu region who attained the martyrdom while serving the nation at frontiers of Uri early Sunday morning in the deadliest terrorist attack.
Naib Subedar Singh is survived by his mother Ratna, wife Geeta Devi and three children Anmol, Arun and Shibam and a brother. His eldest son Anmol is a student of Part-I, while second son, Arun is student of Class 11th and the third son Shibam is a student of class first. He had visited his residence in December.
Only yesterday Karnail Singh had informed his family members that the advance party of his regiment has reached Pathankot and he will be visiting within a day or so. But a great tragedy has befallen on the family which was eagerly waiting for him and they never expected that instead of hugging Karnail Singh they will receive his dead body wrapped in the Tricolour.

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