Thousands gather as remains of martyred jawan Mandeep Singh reach his hometown in Kurukshetra

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Mortal remains of soldier Mandeep Singh, who lost his life in the encounter near LoC, were brought to his hometown in Kurukshetra, Haryana on Sunday.

27-year-old Sepoy Mandeep Singh of the 17th Sikh Regiment was killed on Friday and his body was mutilated by terrorists in an attack near the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir. The army had said “the incident will be responded to appropriately”, adding the attackers had fled into Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir “under the cover of heavy firing by Pakistan army”. One terrorist was killed in the strike.

A pall of gloom descended on the native village of the army jawan Mandeep as news of his death reached them on Saturday. The family members of the 30-year-old martyr were inconsolable.

Several women from Aantehri village here reached the martyr’s house today and tried to console Mandeep s widow. The couple had got married two years ago, family members said. Mandeep’s widow Prerna is a Head Constable with Haryana police and posted at Shahbad Markanda here.

The martyr’s neighbours described him as a “go getter” who always had a smile on his face. Subhash Chandra, Sarpanch of Antahedi village, told ANI on Saturday, ” No one will celebrate Diwali this year, our entire village mourns the death of Mandeep Singh. Only one candle will be lit in every house for the peace of the soul of our martyrs, we are really proud of them.”

Mandeep’s sacrifice came within a week after Sushil Kumar (47), a BSF constable was martyred in Jammu district. He also hailed from Kurukshetra district and belonged to Pehowa town here. Kumar was killed as Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire, resorting to heavy shelling and firing from automatic weapons in several sectors along the International Border in Jammu district on October 24.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar described the killing of Mandeep, as a “cowardly act” by terrorists. In a condolence message to members of the bereaved family, the Chief Minister said such nefarious designs of evil forces would not succeed. “The martyrdom of Mandeep Singh will inspire many others to protect our motherland,” he said. Khattar said a financial assistance of Rs 50 lakh would be given to the next of kin of the martyr.

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