Subedar Karnail Singh, 46
Shibu Chak, Jammu (J&K)
A DAY after he lost his father Subedar Karnail Singh in the Uri terror attack, Anmol Saini (19) too wants to be a soldier and serve the nation.
“I am proud of my father because he sacrificed his life for the nation. After completing my studies, I too will join the Army to fulfil my father’s dream,’’ he said. The BA first-year student spoke to his father over phone for the last time three days ago. “He told me to work hard so that I can score good marks in the exams,’’ he said.
Singh’s mortal remains reached Shibu Chak village Monday afternoon. Surrounded by villagers and amid slogans of Bharat Mata Ki Jai, he was cremated with military honours.
The 46-year-old Subedar was the first from his family to join the defence forces at the age of 18. “Since childhood, he wanted to join the Army and serve the nation,” recalled Singh’s younger brother Jang Bahadur.
The only breadwinner of his family, Singh is survived by mother Ratno Devi (80), wife Geeta Devi (40), and three sons — Anmol, Arun and Shivam. While Arun is in Class XI, Shivam is in Class II.