The body of Shakti Singh, Army jawan, who was killed along with another soldier and a policeman in the early hours of Wednesday in Kupwara area of Jammu and Kashmir, was cremated at his ancestral village in Chatra district on Friday evening.
Singh, who had joined Army in 2003 and was a wireless operator, was on his way to take up new posting from Mathura to Kupwara, was killed in ambush, in which another Army personnel and two policemen were also injured.
Singh’s body arrived at Ranchi airport late Thursday night and was kept at Namkum Army camp. Governor Draupadi Murmu and Minister Louis Marandi paid last respects to the departed at the Camp. In his condolence message, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das said that the state had given several brave sons to the cause of protecting the nation and the martyrdom of Shakti Singh would not go waste.
This morning, his body was taken to Chatra, via Hazaribagh by road. In Hazaribagh too, thousands came to offer floral tributes. This afternoon, the body reached his house in Professor Colony of Chatra town, where his father, Sant Singh, a lawyer in the district court, lived with his family. The road to his house was lined up by thousands of residents shouting slogans against terrorism and Pakistan. Besides, patriotic songs were also played at some places.
“Not only at his house in the town, even in his ancestral village at Amtari in Mayurhand Block, there was a long line and a huge gathering of people, who have come out to offer tributes to him,” said Chatra Superintendent of Police Anjani Kumar Jha. Along with his Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Singh, the SP and other officials were among the first to take the news to Sant Singh on Wednesday morning. Earlier in the day, Shakti’s body was kept at Police Lines where officials and public representatives paid floral tributes along with local people. The father, two of whose sons-in-law are also in the Army, told mediapersons that he wished he had permission to give a befitting reply to those attacking from the back.
Earlier, Shakti had come home on a long leave and had left on August 7 for Mathura, from where he was supposed to go to Jammu and Kashmir to take up his new posting. The young Army man is survived by his wife Khushboo and two sons, aged four and 45 days. On August 15, CRPF Commandant from Jamtara district in Jharkhand, Pramod Kumar, was killed in a militant attack in Srinagar.