Indian Army soldier Mandeep Singh, who was killed in a gun battle with Pakistan near LoC in Macchil sector of Kupwara area of Jammu and Kashmir was cremated on Sunday in his village in his Haryana. Mutilated by militants near the de-facto border with Pakistan, his entire village mourned the loss of Mandeep and called for revenge on Pakistan.
As a mark of their loss, the festival of lights, Diwali, took place in darkness in Mandeep’s Antehri village in Kurukshetra district, about 100 km from Chandigarh.
“We are proud of the sacrifice of our son. Pakistan must be taught a lesson for its inhuman actions,” Mandeep’s father, Phool Singh was reported as saying.
Visiting the village on Sunday morning, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced a compensation of Rs 50 lakh for the family and a government job for one of the family members.
Mandeep, leaves behind his parents and widow Prerna whom he had married 2 years back.
“Our government should take decisive action to finish Pakistan. We cannot let our soldiers die like this,” an inconsolable Prerna told the media.
In an official statement, the Indian Army said the soldier’s body was “mutilated”, and added that the force will retaliate with an “appropriate response”.