As 42-year-old Paramjit Singh's body was flown to his village in Tarn Taran in Punjab in a coffin, upset relatives said they would not cremate him till they were allowed to see his body. "Whose body is this? It is all behind (concealed in) this box" they said, referring to the coffin with the national flag draped around it as a tribute to the senior constable's bravery. "We are not being shown the body? Why?" they asked.
When the soldier's wife Paramjit Kaur insisted on a last look, she was shocked and distraught at the sight of the headless body. "I am proud of my husband but it is very painful to see the state of his body...There is no head," she wailed.
The soldier's 12-year-old son Sahildeep lit the funeral pyre as his two sisters stood by. Their father was to come home just a week later on a holiday.
"I want 50 heads for his sacrifice" she said, holding her weeping and barely conscious mother.
The army's Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) spoke to his Pakistani counterpart and warned "that such dastardly and inhuman act is beyond any norm of civility and merits unequivocal condemnation and response."
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