Chandigarh, September 15
At Colonel Manpreet Singh's house in Mullanpur near Chandigarh, there is a steady rush of mourners since news of him martyred in a gunfight in Garol forests of Anantnag came in on Wednesday.
It was heartrending to see Colonel Manpreet Singh's six-year-old son—wearing military clothes—offer a salute to the mortal remains of his father for the last time on Friday.
As the mortal remains reached home in Punjab’s Mullanpur, Col Manpreet's wife, sister, mother and other family members were inconsolable. In a video, a man was seen holding Manpreet's son he paid tributes to his father as his little sister close by watched.
#WATCH | Son of Col. Manpreet Singh salutes before the mortal remains of his father who laid down his life in the service of the nation during an anti-terror operation in J&K's Anantnag on 13th September— ANI (@ANI) September 15, 2023
The last rites of Col. Manpreet Singh will take place in Mullanpur… pic.twitter.com/LpPOJCggI2
A third-generation soldier, Colonel Manpreet behind his mother, wife, a two-year-old daughter and the six-year-old son. His last rites were conducted at his hometown in Mullanpur in Mohali district of Punjab.
Two Army officers, including the Colonel and Major Ashish Dhonchak, and DSP Himayun Bhat of the Jammu and Kashmir Police were killed in the gunfight with terrorists in the higher reaches of Kokernag area of Kashmir on Wednesday.
Colonel Manpreet, the commanding officer of 19 Rashtriya Rifles, Major Dhonchak and Deputy Superintendent of Police Humayun Bhat were also martyred in the gunfight.
Touching visuals of Jagmeet Kaur, wife of Colonel Manpreet, showed her standing with folded hands as she bid her husband the final goodbye.
#WATCH | Jagmeet Kaur, wife of Col Manpreet Singh, folds her hands as she bids him a final goodbye. Visuals from his native village Mullanpur Garibdass in Mohali, Punjab.— ANI (@ANI) September 15, 2023
Col Singh lost his life in the line of duty while fighting terrorists in J&K's Anantnag. pic.twitter.com/apOVThZKal