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Village feared worst for soldier who should have been home

Sukhwinder Singh was among the eight Armymen killed in the militant attack.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Bathinda | Published: December 7, 2014 4:17 am

As TV channels began streaming news of the Uri attack, Such Ballianwali village in Punjab’s Bathinda district began fearing the worst for one of its own — Lance Naik Sukhwinder Singh (31). For his family, the sense of impending doom was not without reason. A while before the news broke, the soldier’s father, Harnek Singh, had received a call from the Army for details of his son.

By 9 pm on Friday, the villagers’ worst fears were confirmed: Sukhwinder Singh was among the eight Armymen  killed in the militant attack. “We got a call from his unit and they wanted details about Sukhwinder, as if they were confirming if they were calling the right man’s family. They did not tell us anything else. But we saw news… So we all had started preparing for bad news,” said Harnek Singh.

The family’s pain is compounded by the fact that Sukhwinder, who joined the Army 11 years ago, had applied for leave this month, to attend a wedding, but then postponed it as he wanted to attend another marriage next year and was also hopeful of being transferred closer home.

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  1. r
    Dec 7, 2014 at 10:26 am
    really sad. its time to give stan the taste of its own medicine. I salute you Sukhwinder Singh, rather the w of India salute you. RIP little brother
    1. N
      Dec 7, 2014 at 8:37 am
      Sad loss to the nation. Salute to the martyr and his family!
      1. S
        Dec 7, 2014 at 8:58 am
        Our condolences to the family. May god give you strength in this sad hour. Your Indian Brothers and Sisters. Jai Hind