Last salute to martyrs: Govt must give befitting reply, says grieving father

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has announced financial assistance of Rs 20 lakh each to the families of Chand and Rana.

Written by Ashwani Sharma | Shimla | Published:January 5, 2016 3:50 am

“Let the government muster the courage and give a befitting reply to the terrorists’ country,” said a teary-eyed Rattan Singh, father of Havildar Sanjeevan Rana, as he walked to the cremation ground at Sehwan village in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.

Fifty-year-old Rana and Jagdish Chand (58) were killed while fighting terrorists during the Pathankot terror attack. They were cremated with state honours on Monday. Both Rana and Chand were retired army personnel and were currently serving in Defence Security Corps.

Amid slogans of “Bharat Mata ki Jai”, hundreds of people bade a final farwell to Rana as his son Shubam performed the last rites.

Similar scenes were witnessed at Basa Gola village in Siyunta area of Chamba district where Jagdish Chand was cremated. Chand had killed a terrorist by snatching his weapon during the terror attack. The other terrorists shot him dead.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has announced financial assistance of Rs 20 lakh each to the families of Chand and Rana.

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