‘Finish Pakistan’ slogans rang out as soldier’s mortal remains reached Uttarakhand village

Sandeep Singh Rawat's body reached Gorpala Talla village in Pauri Garhwal district at about 10:10 am

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 29, 2016 1:10 pm
Martyr Sandeep Singh Rawat's mortal remains being carried by soldiers. ANI photo Martyr Sandeep Singh Rawat’s mortal remains being carried by soldiers. (ANI photo)

As the mortal remains of martyred Indian Army soldier Sandeep Singh Rawat reached his village in Uttarakhand on Saturday for the last rites, slogans of ‘finish Pakistan’ were raised by the locals.

Rawat’s body reached Gorpala Talla village in Pauri Garhwal district at about 10:10 am from Dehradun airport where it was brought by air from New Delhi. Wreath laying ceremony was held at the airport. Chief Minister Harish Rawat also paid tribute to the fallen soldier.

In a video posted by ANI, a local woman – who is part of the crowd that joined Rawat’s funeral procession – is seen shouting anti-Pakistan slogans and demanding to be sent to the border herself.

“Our young kids are being killed, send us to the border and we will fight too,” the woman is heard saying.

Chief Minister Harish Rawat, who was present, told ANI that ‘Pakistan must be taught a lesson.’

Rawat was killed and his body mutilated by terrorists on Friday evening in Machhil sector of Jammu and Kashmir. On Saturday, one BSF jawan also lost his life in ceasefire violation by Pakistani forces at Machhil.

The Army has vowed to ‘respond appropriately’ to the terrorist act.