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Kin of mutilated jawans ask Army to avenge deaths

Punjab/Uttar Pradesh: The families of the two Indian jawans beheaded by Pakistani forces are baying for revenge by the army with the daughter of one of them on Tuesday saying she wants “50 heads” for the sacrifice of her father.

Amid a pall of gloom, the mortal remains of 42-year-old Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh of the army’s 22 Sikh Infantry were consigned to flames with full military honours at his native Vainpoin village in Punjab’s Tarn Taran district.

Punjab/Uttar Pradesh: The families of the two Indian jawans beheaded by Pakistani forces are baying for revenge by the army with the daughter of one of them on Tuesday saying she wants “50 heads” for the sacrifice of her father.

Amid a pall of gloom, the mortal remains of 42-year-old Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh of the army’s 22 Sikh Infantry were consigned to flames with full military honours at his native Vainpoin village in Punjab’s Tarn Taran district.

Paramjeet’s father Udham Singh said he was proud of his son, but wanted that Pakistan be given a befitting reply.

“Their action has caused much pain. They should be taught a lesson,” he said.

Paramjeet was the only earning hand in the family. The family lives in a semi-kutcha house.

Struggling to hold back her tears, his daughter Simardeep said she was proud of her father, who had laid down his life for the nation.

Udham said Paramjeet had wanted to give the best possible education to his children and had talked about renovating his house so his kids could get more space to study and play.

His elder brother Ranjit Singh said the entire village and the country is proud of the sacrifice. He, however, demanded that the government give the army a free hand to hit back at the enemy.

Ranjit was also critical of the government, saying barring the area MLA “who turned up at the last moment for the cremation, the rest had stayed away”.

“My brother has sacrificed his life for the nation and not for his family. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh should have been here today, he has served in the Army and should know the pain we are going through. Not just him, but nobody from the government found time to be with us in this hour of grief,” he told reporters.

A childhood friend of Paramjeet also asked, “Why can’t our government give a befitting reply to Pakistan. Give our Army a free hand. The Sikh Regiment alone is enough to take on Pakistan.”

PTI