Manipur Martyr Given Last Rites in Noida, Respects Paid to Others in Jammu

Martyred soldier Jagvir Singh's body arrives at his village

New Delhi:

The body of Army man Jagvir Singh, who died in the militant attack in Manipur on Thursday, was cremated this afternoon following intervention by the district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar.

Upset with the administration, the family had refused to cremate his body.

Family sources said they felt hurt at the way the administration announced a compensation of Rs. 30 lakh but no one had come to pay respects to the martyr.

District Magistrate NP Singh met the family and gave them a written assurance about the compensation.

Eighteen soldiers from the Army's 6 Dogra regiment died after being ambushed by militants in Manipur's Thoubal area on Thursday.

The last rites of six of them who were from Jammu and Kashmir were held this morning with full military honours. While no politician attended the ceremony, senior army officers and government officials were present.

Another soldier, Ranbir Singh, was cremated in Akhnoor.

The last rites of Rajesh Kumar Chandel, who was among the deceased too, was held in Himachal's Bilaspur district. More than 500 people attended the ceremony, including several retired armymen from the region.

The militants had ambushed the army convoy on Thursday morning, in what is being described as the worst casualties the Army has suffered in recent years. Sources say 50 militants carried out the attack, using US-made rocket launchers.

The Army has rejected reports that the incident took place due to intelligence failure.

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