Anger and sadness writ large on his face, Sukhdev Singh, the uncle of gunner Manpreet Singh, feels that India should adopt a tougher stance against Pakistan to foil terrorist attacks.
“There will not be as many casualties if India goes for a direct war with Pakistan,” said Sukhdev Singh, who retired from the Army in 2000 after 17-and-a-half years in service.
“The Army jawans are always under pressure that terrorist killed by them should be found with a weapon with him. But, what if terrorist hurls a grenade. The hands of Armymen get tied and they feel they are not being given a free hand to combat terrorists. They should be given a free hand to take on the terrorists,” Sukhdev said.
The body of Manpreet reached Tibri cantonment at around 4.30 pm through an aircraft. The cremation will take place on Sunday.