Soldier cremated in Haryana village with full state honours

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Chandigarh, Aug 9 (IANS) Lance Naik Vikram Jit Singh, who was killed fighting terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, was cremated with full state honours at his native village Tepla in Ambala district of Haryana on Thursday.

Army and police contingents presented a guard of honour to the brave soldier by reversing firearms, while hundreds of villagers gave a tearful farewell to the son of the soil.

Health Minister Anil Vij laid a wreath on the mortal remains of the soldier’s body.

The mortal remains of Vikram, 26, were airlifted to the Air Force Station in Ambala Cantt on Wednesday, from where they were taken to Tepla on Thursday in a decorated Army vehicle.

Vikram, who joined the Army five years ago, made the supreme sacrifice while fighting terrorists trying to infiltrate into India in the Gurez Sector on August 6.

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Vij said that financial assistance of Rs 50 lakh had been transferred to the bank accounts of the soldier’s wife Harjit Kaur, father Baljinder Singh and mother Kamlesh Kaur.

Haryana will also provide a government job to Harjit Kaur.

–IANS

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