Son’s salute in military fatigue for colonel killed in combat in Kashmir

The children were held back by locals as a huge crowd gathered to pay their last respects.

New Delhi:

The six-year-old son of Colonel Manpreet Singh, one of three killed in a shootout with terrorists in Kashmir’s Anantnag, donned military camouflage as he saluted as his father’s body returned home to Mullanpur, in the Mohali district of Punjab. Her two-year-old sister stood nearby, mimicking the salute, both seemingly oblivious to the tragedy that had befallen the family. The children were held back by locals as a huge crowd gathered to pay their last respects to the braveheart.

Colonel Manpreet Singh’s wife, sister, mother and other family members were inconsolable, as seen in visual images from the spot.

Colonel Manpreet Singh, 41, commander of the 19 Rashtriya Rifles (19 RR) and recipient of the prestigious Sena Medal (Ballantry), died of gunshot wounds on Wednesday evening, after the Army and police launched a joint operation in response to specific intelligence on terrorists.

Three personnel, including the colonel, a major and a deputy superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir Police, were killed in a gunfight with terrorists in the upper reaches of the valley’s Kokorenag area on Wednesday.

The body of Major Ashish Dhonchak, who led a search column with Colonel Singh and was moving through the entrances and rough terrains of the forests when they came under heavy fire, was also taken to his native village of Panipat then as thousands of mourners joined the grieving family. and officers for his final journey.

The body arrived at his home in Panipat town this morning and was taken to his native village of Binjhol in an army vehicle, where the last rites took place after a wreath-laying ceremony and a salute. ‘fire arms.

It took nearly three hours for the funeral procession to cover a distance of around eight kilometers from the major’s home in the city to reach his village Binjhol, as mourners gathered to bid him a tearful farewell.

The funeral of Himayun Muzamil Bhat, 33, Deputy Superintendent of Police of Jammu and Kashmir, in Budgam on Wednesday also saw a large gathering. Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and Police Chief Dilbag Singh paid tributes to the police officer.


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