Better medical facilities for armed forces could have saved my son, says BSF jawan Gurman Singh’s father

BSF jawan Gurnam Singh was injured in a cross-border firing, died on Saturday night in Jammu.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 23, 2016 11:41 am
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The aggrieved parents of the dead BSF jawan, Gurman Singh, on Saturday demanded better medical facilities for security forces. Speaking to news agency ANI, Gurman’s father Kulbir Singh said, “There is only one government hospital here in Bakshinagar. That is why we demand that there should be separate health care system for BSF soldiers. Had it been installed he could have been given proper treatment.”

The 26-year-old jawan, who was critically injured by Pakistani forces at border area in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, was being treated at the Government Medical College and Hospital in Jammu, where he died on Saturday night at around 11:30 pm.

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Speaking to news agency ANI, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Rajinder Thappa, said that Singh’s parents wanted to shift him to AIIMS for better treatment. “Bullet had hit Gurnam Singh’s head and he was being treated in the Intensive Care Unit. Senior doctors were observing him. His parents wanted him to be shifted to AIIMS for better treatment. We were about to do that yesterday, but unfortunately he passed away.”

However, the family had another story to tell. “Why is the government is still keeping him in the same hospital? Is there no other hospital in the country? The government can even send him to foreign (country), or a foreign doctor can be called. If ministers can go abroad for their treatment, then why can’t army men?” asked Singh’s sister, Gurjeet Kaur.

Saying that she was proud of her brother’s sacrifice, Gurjeet had a request for PM Narendra Modi. “We have only one request to Modi government that a proper health care system be installed for the BSF soldiers like my brother, who was just lying there with his injuries without any attention.” The BSF personnel’s mother reiterated the demand saying “we’re worried abt all our sons, they should get good treatment.”

Home Minister Rajnath Singh offered his condolences to the family through a series of tweets on Sunday. “I am saddened by the demise of BSF jawan Gurnam Singh. He has given an example of bravery on the border and gave his life for the nation. I laud the sacrifice of Gurnam Singh and offer my condolences to his grieving family.”