Naik Shyam Singh
Tearful send-off to
SHIMLA, July 9 — Braving
heavy monsoon showers, hundreds of people turned up
at the Ridge to pay homage to the Kargil hero Lance
Naik Shyam Singh of 13 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles
whose body was brought here this morning from the
Mrs V.S. Rama Devi,
Governor; Mr P.K. Dhumal, Chief Minister; Mr Gulab
Singh, Speaker; Mr Narinder Bragta, Horticulture
Minister; Lt Gen Vijay Oberoi and Maj Gen Jitender
Singh of the Army Training Command and Mr T.R.
Mahajan, DGP were among those who laid wreaths on
the body of the brave soldier.
Nand Ram, father of the
martyr, said his son was one of many who had laid
down their lives and he was proud of his son.
However, while the body of
Shyam Singh was being taken to his village Kalana,
his first cousin Jitender Kumar, a new recruit, was
all set to join the Army.
"One son has made the
supreme sacrifice for the country and the family is
now giving another son second to the nation the
An emotionally charged
Jitender (19) said he wanted to complete his Army
training as early as possible so that he could take
on the enemy in Kargil.
Shyam Singh was one of the
three jawans who were killed along with Captain
Vikram Batra on the night of July 6.
Mr Dhumal spent some time
with the bereaved parents and handed over a cheque
for Rs 2 lakh to them. He said Rs 3 lakh more would
be given to the family in the form of National
Savings Certificates separately. He assured the
parents of the soldier that a government job would
be provided to their younger son and the Government
Senior Secondary School in the village would be
named after the valiant son.
Mr Roop Dass Kashyap,
Minister for Urban Development; Mr R.S. Singh,
Deputy Commissioner; and Lt Col A. Sarkar of the
Army Training Command, accompanied the coffin to
Kalana village. The body was cremated with full
military and civil honours in the evening.
Courtesy: The Tribune News