Rajputana Rifles hero
Rakesh Kumar of 27 Rajputana Rifles was cremated
with full military honours here today.
Thousands of men, women and
children from various parts of the Hamirpur and
Kangra districts bid farewell to the martyr.
Karam Chand, elder brother
of the soldier lit the pyre amid slogans of "Rakesh
Kumar, amar rahe, amar rahe", and
Earlier, the body was
brought to Palahi in a motorcade from Hamirpur.
Army jawans and Himachal
Pradesh Police personnel reversed their arms at the
cremation ground and observed two-minute silence.
They fired shots thrice in the air as a mark of
respect for the departed soul.
Earlier, the Himachal
Pradesh Minister of State for Technical Education,
Mr Ravinder Ravi; the Deputy Commissioner, Mr
Kamlesh Kumar Pant, and the ASP, Mr Brij Mohan
Sharma, laid wreaths on behalf of the state
Col R.K. Dutta, Col J.S.
Sindhu and Major Vishal Rai represented the Army.
Tribune News Service
Soldiers cremated with
Rakesh Kumar of 16 Dogra , who was killed in
artillery firing by Pakistan in Naushahra sector of
Jammu and Kashmir on July 7, was cremated with full
military honours at his native village Raypur near
The 22-year-old soldier was
the only son of his parents. The martyr is the 13th
soldier from the district to make the supreme
sacrifice. His father Nathu Ram lit the pyre of his
only son. Colonel H.S. Dhaliwal led the Army
contingent in paying homage to the soldier. Congress
MLA Ramesh Dogra and BJP MLA Arnish Shakar, Mahant
Ram Parkash Das of Vishva Hindu Parishad and former
BJP MP Kamal Choudhary placed wreaths on the body of
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr
Iqbal Singh Sidhu, said on the occasion that
Datarpur-Hajipur road via the native village of the
soldier and government primary school at his village
had been named after him. Shops and educational
institutions at Datarpur remained closed as a mark
of respect to the young soldier. Havildar Karam
Singh of 9 Mahar Regiment, who laid down his life
while re-capturing of Tiger Hill, was cremated with
full military honours at his native village, Chhanni
Rai Ide Khan, about 70 km from here, in Mukerian
subdivision of the district yesterday.
Army and Police contingents
reversed arms as a mark of respect to the departed
soul. Karam Singh is survived by his wife Pushpa
Devi, two daughters and a son. The body of the
martyr was brought from Chandigarh and was placed in
the house of the deceased at his village last night.
Tribune News Service