Machhil operation martyr Mandeep Singh, whose body was mutilated after his martyrdom on the line of duty on Friday, was cremated with full state honours Sunday at 11.14 am at his native village Antehri in Kurukshetra district of Haryana.
The coffin, carrying his body, was brought by the Army authorities from Ambala Military Hospital to his native village on Sunday morning. A huge number of people from all walks of life gathered in Anteri village to pay their tributes to the martyr.
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After keeping his mortal remains for some time near his house, the coffin was carried in a procession to perform the last rites at a nearby cremation site. Angry villagers, accompanying the funeral procession, continued chanting slogans, “Shaheed Mandeep Singh amar rahe. Bharat Mata ki jai. Pakistan Murdabad.”
As soon as the coffin reached the cremation site, the Army soldiers presented the Guard of Honour and top Army, Police and retired defence officers laid wreath and paid floral tributes. The mortal remains were consigned to flames at 11.14 am by father Phool Singh.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, state minister Krishan Kumar Bedi, DGP KP Singh, All-India Anti-Terrorist Front chairman Maninderjeet Singh Bitta and other state leaders were also present to pay their tributes.
When the martyr’s mother requested the chief minister to take revenge for her son’s martyrdom from Pakistan, the Chief Minister assured, “Hum badla lenge. Pura badla lenge. Pakistan ko nakon chane chabvayenge.” Khattar also announced Rs 50 lakh as compensation for the martyr’s family and assured all possible help. Villagers in Anteri decided not to celebrate Diwali but, instead, will light one earthern lamp in every house as tribute to the martyr.
Mandep had joined Sikh Light Infantry in 2009 after passing 12th from his village senior secondary school. He is survived by wife Prerna (26), a constable in Haryana police, father father Phool Singh (55), mother Nirmala (48) and elder brother Sandeep Kumar (29).