Last salute to martyrs: A bride turns widow in six weeks, a daughter is pallbearer

Havildar Kulwant Singh’s funeral took place at around 3 pm at his village Chakk Sharif. Kulwant had retired from the Army in 2004 and joined the DSC the same year.

Written by Anju Agnihotri Chaba | Chakk Sharif / Jhandha Gujjaran | Published:January 5, 2016 3:46 am
Madhu Radha carries her father Fateh Singh’s coffin at Jhandha Gujjaran, in Gurdaspur, on Monday. (Express photo by: Rana Simranjit Singh) Madhu Radha carries her father Fateh Singh’s coffin at Jhandha Gujjaran, in Gurdaspur, on Monday. (Express photo by: Rana Simranjit Singh)

The funerals of Havildar Kulwant Singh (49) and Subedar Major Fateh Singh (51), who were killed in the terror attack at the Air Force base at Pathankot, were held at their villages on Monday. The two Defence Service Corps (DSC) personnel were cremated with state honours amid tight security.

Fateh Singh was cremated at his village, Jhandha Gujjaran, in Gurdaspur district. When Madhu Radha, the martyr’s daughter, joined the pallbearers, the villagers raised slogans of “Fateh Singh Amar rahe” and “Indian Army Zindabad”. Slogans against Pakistan and terrorism were also raised. “I am proud of my father,” said Madhu, while tears rolled down her cheeks.

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Garnala village of Haryana’s Ambala district was also immersed in grief as the body of IAF Garud Commando, Corporal Gursewak Singh, was cremated with state honours. Gursewak is survived by his wife Jaspreet Kaur (26).

They married on November 18 last year. His father, Suchha Singh, had served for a brief period in the Army.

At Corporal Gursewak Singh’s funeral in Ambala, Monday. (Express Photo by: A Aggarwal) At Corporal Gursewak Singh’s funeral in Ambala, Monday. (Express Photo by: A Aggarwal)

Havildar Kulwant Singh’s funeral took place at around 3 pm at his village Chakk Sharif. Kulwant had retired from the Army in 2004 and joined the DSC the same year. He was only recently posted in Pathankot from Odisha. Kulwant’s wife Harbhajan Kaur and sons, Satwinder and Gursharan, were inconsolable. Kulwant’s sister Swaran Kaur said that he was the third martyr in the family. Kulwant’s great grandfather Ghanniyya Singh died while fighting in World War 1, while his maternal uncle Mahinder Singh died in the 1962 Indo-China war, she said, adding that now Kulwant had sacrificed his life for the country.

Kulwant’s elder son Satwinder said that he would join the Army as his father always wanted him to become an Army officer.

With ENS, Ambala

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