Pathankot martyr: He said he would call later…, says wife of Gursewak Singh

Jaspreet got married to Gursewak on November 18, 2015 — three years after their engagement. Being the new bride in the family, she is still wearing bright red wedding bangles (choora).

Written by Srishti Choudhary | Garnala (ambala) | Published:January 4, 2016 4:02 am
GURUSEWAK759 Gursewak’s cellphone was switched off Saturday. While the family knew about the terror attack at Pathankot, they were unaware that he has also been sent to guard the air base.

“Bhai shaheed ho gaya…” said the voice on the other side when Suchha Singh, father of Corporal Gursewak Singh, a Garud Commando, answered his cellphone Sunday morning. The operation to neutralise the terrorists was still underway at Pathankot Air Base then.

Corporal Gursewak Singh was one of the commandos of the Indian Air Force who was martyred in the more than 48-hour long operation at the air base, which was attacked by terrorists in the early hours of Saturday.

Singh was posted in Adampur and was rushed to the Pathankot Air Base Friday night to counter the terrorists.

“I had called him Friday evening but he disconnected my phone and sent a text that he would call later. Unhone kaha, phone karunga. Par agar phone nahi aaya, to so jaana. Aur phone nahi aaya (He had said he will call. If I don’t call, go to sleep. And the call never came),” said Jaspreet Kaur, 26, wife of Corporal Gursewak, as her eyes welled up with tears.

Jaspreet got married to Gursewak on November 18, 2015 — three years after their engagement. Being the new bride in the family, she is still wearing bright red wedding bangles (choora).

Gursewak’s cellphone was switched off Saturday. While the family knew about the terror attack at Pathankot, they were unaware that he has also been sent to guard the air base. “Last evening, one of his friends posted about the martyrs on a social networking site, but when I objected, he removed the post. I was worried, so I made a call to one of his colleagues in Adampur, who informed me that he had a word with his senior who has confirmed that he is on duty and safe. But in the morning….” says Jaspreet as her voice breaks again.

He had applied for a long leave, from January 13 to February 6, so that he could celebrate his wife’s birthday at home on February 5. Gursewak had joined Garud Commando Force, special forces unit of the Air Force six years ago, soon after completing his BA, following in the footsteps of his elder brother, Hardeep Singh, who is also in the Indian Army, posted in Dharamshala.

It was Hardeep who had made a call to his father Sunday morning to inform about Gursewak’s demise.

Singh’s father has also served in the Indian Army for a brief period.

“I would encourage my grandson to join the Army,” he said, while the martyr’s mother, Amrik Kaur, was inconsolable.

“He was intelligent. Not every youth from the village is able to qualify for the Air Force. It was a moment of pride for all of us. He would come home every weekend and was expected yesterday as well,” says retired Havildar Om Prakash, one of his uncles.

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    Nabeel
    Jan 5, 2016 at 7:01 am
    I would request to all please avoid blaming religion. Islam is the most peaceful religion whereby Allah says in Quran anyone who kills an innocent, regardless of religion, is just like he killed w humanity, and anyone who saves an innocent is just like he saved the w humanity. It depends on the person if he follows the teachings of Islam or not. It's just like if a Christian is a rapist, it will be unfair to say Christianity allows Christians to rape innocent women. That would be the act of that particular person and same applies to Hinduism as well. These people who you call Muslims have brutally killed more than 70k Muslims only in Palistan. Our armed forces are powerfully targeting and killing these culprits
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      Radha
      Jan 5, 2016 at 6:39 am
      I am an Indian and would reinforce that stan if proven to be responsible for this incident should take stern and effective steps to stop playing politics and if it is unable to control terrorism should ask for external help to tackle it. If ISI itself is responsible, then as you sow you shall reap.
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        Abhinav Kumar
        Jan 9, 2016 at 3:37 pm
        Salute to Shaheed Gursewak
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          Goldie
          Jan 5, 2016 at 1:13 am
          I salute to the to all the martyr and feel sorry for their families and but i know all those will be proud of u.
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            Ashok
            Jan 5, 2016 at 1:52 pm
            Salute. Proud of you.
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              bharat thakur
              Jan 10, 2016 at 6:22 am
              humanrightsu(dot)wordpress(dot)com Gurusewak , congratulate your wife and family over the death of a 2 days old girl child of an Indian soldiers family, Celebrate Gurusewak, ask you wife to eat sh**oit of stanis, because her husband died for India, the ba**red nation which killed the 2 days old girl child of an Indian soldiers family
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                bharat thakur
                Jan 10, 2016 at 6:20 am
                humanrightsu(dot)wordpress(dot)com He did for a country wh0se women offer their pu**sies to tanis and britishers and use them to kill their own Indians. Gurusewak - celebrate the death of a 2 days old girl child of an Indian osoldiers family killed by your own Nation. Ask your wife to burst into laughter
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                  bharat thakur
                  Jan 10, 2016 at 6:21 am
                  humanrightsu(dot)wordpress(dot)com We dedicate the death of a 2 days old girl child to the ba**rs and son of prost**utes of India called Martyrs, You Martyrs are no less than terrorists, You are not serving Indian army you are promoting terrorism ignorantly.
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                    Divaker Kumar
                    Jan 4, 2016 at 10:45 am
                    he was a real hero Rip to your soul
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                      mahi
                      Jan 5, 2016 at 2:31 pm
                      big salute to martyrs
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                        Mahima
                        Jan 4, 2016 at 4:36 pm
                        Salute
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                          onebookend
                          Jan 4, 2016 at 1:54 pm
                          May all get enormous support and love from everyone to bear this tremendous loss. The dedication and sacrifice of this young man is incomparable. There are really no words enough to comfort all left behind and no word enough for the sacrifice of Gursewak.
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                            Pardeep Punia
                            Jan 7, 2016 at 6:04 pm
                            sahid gurshevak ji ko salute
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                              raju vadali
                              Jan 8, 2016 at 12:30 am
                              salute
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                                Rakshan Ratan
                                Jan 4, 2016 at 8:11 am
                                what abrave family
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                                  Ravi tiwari
                                  Jan 8, 2016 at 5:36 pm
                                  Jab tak suraj chand rahega gurusevak tera name rahega
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                                    Shalini Razdan
                                    Jan 4, 2016 at 5:31 am
                                    Great Loss........M feeling very sad for Gursewak and his family. He was a brave heart. RIP to ur soul .... Real Hero...........
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                                      Suhas
                                      Jan 4, 2016 at 2:32 pm
                                      Amir Khan' wife is probably depressed that the Terrorists were not treated with tolerance.
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