I will send my grandson to join Indian Army: father of Pathankot martyr

The bodies of two Himachal Pradesh martyrs Rana, 50, and Jagdish Chand, 58, of village Basa Gola in Siyunta area of Chamba district were consigned to flames with full state honours today

Written by Ashwani Sharma | Simla | Updated: January 4, 2016 8:24 pm

Holding back his tears, Havaldar Sanjeevan Rana’s father Rattan Singh, himself an ex-servicemen, said his son’s supreme sacrifice for the nation while fighting terrorists will not go to waste.

“Let Indian government muster the courage and give a befitting reply to the terrorists’ country (Pakistan). Jab tak Pakistan ko eent ka wajib pathar se nahin diya jayega, hamare jawan shaheed hote rahenge ( Till Pakistan is not given a befitting reply, Indian jawans will keep attaining martyrdom like this,” he said

Rana was cremated in his village Sehwan, near Shahpur in Kangra district.

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The bodies of two Himachal Pradesh martyrs Rana, 50, and Jagdish Chand, 58, of village Basa Gola in Siyunta area of Chamba district were consigned to flames with full state honours today after the Army and Airforce brought the bodies wrapped in tricolour to their native place. Both were retired army personnel and were serving as Defence Security Core at the Pathankot airforce base station. Jagdish Chand, who was transferred to Pathankot from Leh only few days ago, had killed one terrorist by snatching his weapon before other militants gunned him down.

Transport minister G S Bali and Col (Rtd) Dhani Ram Shandil were flown from Shimla in a government helicopter to attend the cremation of the Jawans. People numbering in hundreds bade a tearful adieu to the gallant jawans as Shubam, son of Sanjeevan Rana, performed the last rites. A pall of gloom descended on the area and slogans of ‘Bharat Mata Ki jai’ rent the air.

“I have also fought three wars against Pakistan. But my son has outdid me by making a supreme sacrifice. It’s a rare act of heroism and his sacrifice will be remembered. I also feel equally proud for other martyrs who gave their blood to Bharat Mata to protect its dignity and honour. I will send my grandson to the Indian army,” Rattan Singh said.

Equally gloomy scenes were witnessed at Basa Gola village where body of Jagdish Chand was consigned to flames with full state and military honour. Forest minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri, Deputy Commissioner Chamba M Sudha Devi and Local SP were among the hundreds who paid tribute to the martyr.

“We are a family of soldiers. Of four brothers, three are serving/and had served the Indian army. Our father was also ex-armymen. It’s a loss to the family but I think with his (Jagdish) sacrifice, nation has gained a pride. He (Jagdish) killed a terrorist before his martyrdom, is not a small thing,” says Budhi Singh, his brother and a retired armymen.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh expressed grief over the death of two soldiers from Himachal Pradesh and announced a financial assistance of Rs 20 lakh to the families.

“Hav Sanjeevan Rana and Hav Jagdish Chand sacrificed their lives for maintaining the unity, integrity and security of the nation. Brave soldiers of Himachal Pradesh had always made supreme sacrifices for sake of the country,” the chief minister said.

State Governor Acharya Devvrat has also expressed grief over the tragedy. During Kargil war, Himachal Pradesh had lost 52 soldiers, 15 of them were from Kangra. Capt Vikram Batra and Sepoy Sanjay Kumar were conferred Paramvir Chakras for their bravery and valour during the war.

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  1. c
    Jan 4, 2016 at 3:12 pm
    Dear Bro's, We salute you for your bravery and sacrifice of life in defending the country. No words will be enough to console the families of martyrs of Pathankot terrorists attack for the loss of their loved ones.
  2. J
    Jan 4, 2016 at 10:40 pm
    Sometimes in life when you have no choice one needs to act without thinking about the consequences. stan gives us no choice. I personally think its time for our nation to teach them a hard lesson even at the cause of a huge loss.
    1. K
      Jan 6, 2016 at 5:18 am
      what is wrong with you ?
      1. B
        Jan 4, 2016 at 3:11 pm
        Are u listening u pathetic little worms/ traitors srkkk, and ammurr Khaans........
        1. S
          S KUMAR
          Jan 4, 2016 at 10:52 pm
          Salute to our brave veers and their kin. But two months from now and rascal babudom will start troubling their widows when they ask for their pensions. They will be made to beg. The finance minister will say one rank one pension is unaffordable while doing nothing to retrieve lakhs and lakhs of crores in foreign banks stolen by politicians and their chums. Doob maro morons.
          1. R
            Rajesh Rao
            Jan 4, 2016 at 10:11 pm
            Thanks you Sir, we enjoy this freedom because Brave people like your Son and You serve the armed forces of India.
            1. R
              Jan 5, 2016 at 9:58 am
              What is important is that the family of the Brave Hearts who laid down their lives for the Country get their dues in time with out fighting a legal battle for it with the Babus in the MoD. Unfortunately this is a reality with many families of the deceased. There are number of cases in the Court. Now it is for the right thinking citizens of this Country to ask the Govt questions on this and force the Govt for expeditious settlement of the dues to the families with no necessity to run from pillar to post for the same.
            2. A
              Jan 4, 2016 at 3:18 pm
              Ajit Dobhal talked about "Offensive Defense" in his lecture but we seem to be in perpetual "Defensive" mode. So this is a cost of remaining in that mode that the Nation must bear. In the end it does not matter whether the government is right wing or the left wing, essentially we Indians do not have the stomach for a long-drawn-out knife fight where we take the battle to the enemy. We can only make movies such as Baby and Phantom to keep ourselves deceived about our security.
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