Gun salute and tearful adieu to fallen soldiers

published on January 10, 2013

Hundreds of villagers joined family in bidding adieu on late Wednesday evening to deceased Lance Naik Hemraj Singh, who was killed by Pakistani troops during a ceasefire violation in Jammu and Kashmir.

In Singh’s native village of Shernagar under Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh , scores of locals flocked to the soldier’s residence to honour him.

The inconsolable family of the soldier comprising an ageing mother, his wife, two daughters and a toddler son was seen being pacified by local women.

Army officials who escorted Singh’s coffin from New Delhi participated in the last rites and also gave a gun salute by firing several rounds in the air in honour of the soldier who died at the hands of the enemy at the Line of Control  (LoC).

Lance Naik Hemraj, one of the two Indian soldiers killed by Pakistani troops in a violation of truce on the Kashmir border, was the family’s sole breadwinner.

Hemraj, who joined the Army in 2001, was the second of three brothers and the sole earning member of his family after the death of his father.

Pakistani troops crossed the territory’s heavily militarised LoC on January 8 and fired at an Indian army patrol.

The body of one of the soldiers was found ‘badly mutilated’ in a forested area on the side controlled by India, Indian military officials said. Pakistan has denied the allegation.

The army had said that in a separate incident later on Tuesday, both sides shot at each other for more than an hour across the Line of Control that divides Jammu and Kashmir.

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