Kurukshetra: Thousands gather as mortal remains of Mandeep Singh (who lost his life in Machil encounter) reach his hometown Antahedi Village, Kurukshetra. ML Khattar meets family members of soldier Mandeep Singh who lost his life in Machil encounter.
Mortal remains of sepoy Mandeep Singh was brought to his hometown in Kurukshetra in Haryana on Sunday. Singh died in an encounter near Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Machil sector on Friday evening. The terrorists mutilated his body before crossing into Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) under the cover of firing by Pakistan army. One terrorist was also killed in the attack. Haryana chief minister ML Khattar meet the family members of soldier and assured assistance from the government.
Mourning the death of Singh, Antedi village will not celebrate Diwali this year. Singh was to come home for Diwali but instead his body has reached for last rites. No one will celebrate Diwali this year, our entire village mourns the death of Mandeep Singh. Only one candle will be lit in every house for the peace of the soul of our martyrs, we are really proud of them said Subhash Chandra, Sarpanch, Antahedi Village.
Mandeep Singh’s wife Prerna who works with the Haryana Police, said that Mandeep never informed her or anyone in family that he was posted near the LoC. Following the rise in firing across the border after surgical strikes, Mandeep’s leaves were cancelled recently. Mandeep’s father, “He died in the line of his duty, but Pakistan should be given a fitting reply.” His brother, Sandeep Singh said that the family is proud that Mandeep died for the nation and last drop of his blood went to the service of the country.
Mandeep had joined the army in 2008 and served in Sikh regiment. He was currently posted with the 17 Rashtriya Rifles. Senior officials and villagers had reached Mandeep’s house today to pay him respect and console the family.