Chandigarh, Jan 4: Bravehearts of the Indian Air Force (IAF), who were the first to take on Pakistani terrorists in the attack on the Pathankot air base on Saturday, were on Monday cremated with full military honours in their respective villages in Punjab and Harya amid heart-rending scenes. Family members of the killed soldiers said they were proud of the sacrifice made by the bravehearts. IAF Garud commando Gursewak Singh was cremated with full military honours on Monday in his village Garla in Harya’s Ambala district.
Hundreds of people from Garla, adjoining villages and Ambala city attended the cremation. IAF officers and personnel carried the commando’s body wrapped in the tricolour to his village. Gursewak Singh, 25, was killed on Saturday in the counter-offensive against the terrorists. The commando had got married only about 45 days back. “I am proud on my son. He has laid down his life for the country,” said Gursewak’s father Sucha Singh, a former army man himself.
Harya’s Health Minister Anil Vij, Fince Minister Abhimanyu and Minister of State for Mines yab Singh Saini paid tributes to the soldier and met his grieving family members. In Punjab’s Gurdaspur district, intertiol-level shooting champion Subedar Major Fateh Singh was cremated with full military honours. Breaking tradition, Fateh Singh’s daughter led the coffin bearers. “I am proud of my father. He was a very brave man. Everyone should get a father like him,” Fateh Singh’s daughter said.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal visited the families of Fateh Singh and Havildar Kulwant Singh in their tive villages Jhandewal Khurd and Chak Sharif in Gurdaspur district. Fateh Singh, a 51-year-old armyman who lost his life on Saturday, had won a gold and a silver at the first Commonwealth Shooting Championships held in Delhi in 1995. “Every Punjabi is proud of the gallantry of these valiant sons of our motherland, who foiled the nefarious designs of foreign intruders,” Badal said. (IANS)