- Mandeep died in attack along LoC, body mutilated by terrorists
- Family says proud of his service, Pak should be given fitting reply
- Army vowed revenge, destroyed 4 Pak posts causing heavy casualties
Mandeep Singh's last rites were conducted with full military honours. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, senior army officers, officials from the district administration were present on the occasion.
Mandeep Singh had meant to come home for Diwali. But his leaves were cancelled and his body reached his village Antedi this morning.
The 27-year-old had died in an attack in Machil sector, near the Line of Control, on Friday. The terrorists had mutilated his body before crossing into Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir under the cover of firing provided by the Pakistan army. One terrorist was killed in the attack..
"He died in the line of his duty, but Pakistan should be given a fitting reply," said his father Phool Singh.
Mr Singh's wife Prerna, who works with the Haryana Police, said none in the family knew that he had been posted near the Line of Control. He had just told a brother, who is an ex-armyman.
"We are very proud of his work. The last drop of his blood went to the service of the country," his brother Sandeep Singh said.
Since morning, senior army and administration officials and villagers streamed into the family home to pay their respects.
Areas near the border have been on high alert because of a spurt in firing from Pakistan after Indian soldiers crossed the Line of Control last month and destroyed launch pads areas for terrorists who, the army said, were getting ready to enter India to carry out a series of attacks.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, "I want to assure the nation that the security forces are giving befitting reply to the firing from Pakistan. We will not bow down before anyone."
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