HAVING fixed his marriage on November 27 this year, the family of Sepoy Surinder Singh (26) had begun construction on a new house at their village of Rorian in Ludhiana district. With just the wood work left, the family is unable to digest the news it received on Monday.
Surinder was among the four jawans killed in a gun battle with militants at north Kashmir’s frontier Kupwara district on Monday. As his body was brought to the new house on Tuesday, his mother Baljinder Kaur was inconsolable. Surinder was her eldest and this was to be the family’s first wedding.
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The soldier’s father, Gurcharan Singh, while expressing pride that his son had died a martyr, had a sobering message: “How long will our jawans keep getting killed at the border. The country needs to find a permanent solution, because for the country he is just another martyr but we have lost our son. Officials cannot feel the pain and grief which we will have to suffer all our lives”.
Surinder, of 6 Sikh, had joined the Army around seven years ago. His father says it had always been his dream and hence had worked on his physique through his teenage years.
“The last time he came on holiday was about 4 months ago and he was to come again in November, a few days before his marriage. He had already applied for leave,” said the soldier’s younger brother Ranjit Singh.
The family says Surinder was the main bread earner as Gurcharan and Ranjit drove trucks on a part-time basis. They have two trucks.
On Tuesday, the girl’s family also turned up to console the family. “It is really sad to learn of the young Army jawan’s death. The whole village is in a state of shock. No one has cooked food in their houses. The family should be adequately compensated,” said Payal muncipal councillor Lalli.
Surinder was cremated with full state honours in the evening.