Kapurthala, October 13
Putting up a brave face, Manjit Kaur remained determined not to shed a tear as the body of her younger son, Sena Medal awardee Naib Subedar Jaswinder Singh, reached his native village Mana Talwandi in Bholath this morning. Jaswinder was martyred in a militant attack in Poonch on Monday.
While thousands of people bid a final adieu to the braveheart with moist eyes, Manjit Kaur was heard telling everyone that she was proud of her son’s sacrifice. “My son’s martyrdom does not shake my resolve to prepare my grandson Vikramjit Singh (13) for the Indian Army. In fact, my resolve got stronger today. He too will follow the footsteps of his father, grandfather and paternal and maternal uncles, all of whom have served the armed forces”.
The martyr’s son and daughter Harnoor (11) wore proud smiles on their faces as they laid a wreath and saluted their father before the cremation.
SGPC chief Jagir Kaur announced to sponsor the children’s education. Cabinet Minister Rana Gurjeet Singh, Bholath MLA Sukhpal Khaira, Deputy Commissioner Deepti Uppal, SSP Harkamalpreet Khakh and Army officials also paid tributes to the martyr. The last rites were performed with full military honours. — TNS
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