Parrikar visits Pathankot martyr’s family

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Gurdaspur (Punjab), Jan 5 (IANS) Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday visited the family of slain IAF security personnel Fateh Singh in his native village in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district.

Accompanied by Indian Army chief General Dalbir Singh and other army and Indian Air Force (IAF) officers, the defence minister met with the wife, daughter and other family members of the IAF personnel.

Subedar Major Fateh Singh, an international-level shooting champion, was cremated with full military honours in his village on Monday.

He was among the seven security personnel killed in the attack by suspected Pakistani terrorists on the IAF air base at Pathankot.

Breaking tradition, Fateh Singh’s daughter Madhu led the coffin-bearers as he was taken for the last rites.

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Fateh Singh had won a gold and a silver medal at the 1995 Commonwealth Shooting Championships in New Delhi.

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