Four days on, in Vein Poin village, his wife and three children sit in silence, holding each other. Khushdeep, the youngest of Paramjit Singh's daughters, only 12, holds a photo of her father close to her.
"I want to grow up to become an officer," Khushdeep says, stoic but resolute in the face of grief.
A new ray of hope has now appeared for the family. A young, Muslim civil servant couple from Himachal Pradesh has decided to adopt Khushdeep, or Khushi, as she is known to her loved ones.
Her husband, Yunus Khan, the deputy commissioner of Kullu, said, "We salute the courage of our martyrs. This is only a small gesture, to improve the financial, moral and social status of Paramjit Singh's family in general and Khushdeep in particular."
For Paramjit Singh's family, the gesture is godsent. "They (the couple) have come into our lives like god. Look at the irony; god took away one father from a young daughter but has given her another father's care and blessings," said Ranjit Singh, Paramjit Singh's brother.
"This is truly an example for the entire country; a person who doesn't even relate to you is taking such a sensitive step. Our family is very grateful (to the couple); when our child will do well, surely she will also extend her goodness to others around her," said Mukhtar Singh, Khushdeep's grandfather.
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