In a barbaric attack, two security personnel were recently killed and their bodies mutilated by a Pakistan army team which reportedly sneaked about 250 metres into the Indian territory along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.
The families of Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh and BSF Head Constable Prem Singh bid them farewell on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, AAP’s Punjab convener and famous comedian, Gurpreet Ghuggi, tweeted saying how comments made by a ‘martyr’s father’ had broken his heart.
He tweeted, “My heart broke into pieces when a martyr’s father told me, “Sir, when you induct a person into the army if his height falls short of one inch, then how do you expect me to accept the dead body, which is now shorter by one foot.”
Ghuggi’s tweet has gone viral with more than 1,400 retweets and over 2,100 likes.
Meanwhile, at Vainpoin village in Punjab, where 42-year-old Paramjeet Singh was laid to rest with full military honours, his relatives insisted that they be shown the body. Finally, the ceremony went ahead after civil and army officials intervened.
His wife Paramjit Kaur demanded that the Centre give a “free hand” to the army so that Pakistan is taught a lesson.
“Our government had once said that if Pakistan kills or beheads our one soldier, as many as ten enemy soldiers will meet the same fate, but what is happening now? If the government cannot teach Pakistan a lesson, then they should allow me to take revenge of my husband’s killing,” she said.
While “shaheed Paramjeet amar rahe” cries echoed in the air so did slogans “Pakistan murdabad”.
Pakistani flags were also burnt at some places in Punjab, including at Ludhiana, where protesters demanded that Pakistan should be paid back in the same coin.
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley had a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during which the beheading issue is understood to have figured. However, there was no official word on it.
Former defence minister and senior Congress leader A K Antony echoed the anguish and told reporters that the army should be given a “free hand” to act against those behind the mutilation of the two soldiers.
Paying tribute to the two soldiers at the New Delhi airport, where the body of Prem Sagar was brought before being taken to his home in Uttar Pradesh, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said, “The nation is with the families of the soldiers who lost their lives in ceasefire violation by the Pakistan army.”
(With PTI inputs)