Jammu and Kashmir

‘Soldier factory’ Tepla village in Ambala loses one more braveheart Vikramjeet

The Hush Post: Married just seven months ago, Lance Naik Vikramjit Singh, 26, reached home wrapped in a tricolour. Vikramjit of 36 Rastriya Rifles, was killed during a gun fight on Monday in a bid to foil infiltration in Gurez sector of Jammu and Kashmir. Vikramjit who belonged to Tepla village, also called the soldier factory in the region, on Ambala-Jagadhri road had got married in January 15 this year.

The cremation would take place today. Sources close to his family said his body would be brought here on Wednesday morning and the cremation would take place in the evening with full military honours.

Vikramjeet had joined the Indian Army five years ago and is survived by his wife Harpreet Kaur who is pregnant , parents and a brother. Vikramjit’s younger brother Monu Singh is also in the army and is posted in Assam. His father Baljinder Singh is a farmer and mother Kamlesh Kaur a home maker.

Talking to The Hindustan Times, village sarpanch Sumneet Kaur said over 200 youths from the village are in the army and Vikramjit is the fourth in the village to have attained martyrdom. Major Gurpreet Singh of the village was killed during the Kargil war.

Vikramjit’s father Baljinder Singh said, “We received a phone call from the army telling that he had received severe injuries and has been killed in an operation fighting terrorists. Though I am shocked to have lost my son, but I am proud of his sacrifice for the country.”

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has expressed grief over the demise of Vikramjit. Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Shakti Singh visited the martyr’s house.

Four terrorists were killed during the counter-insurgency operation at Gurez in J&K on Tuesday morning. A Major and three jawans of the Indian Army lost their lives,  Major K P Rane belonged to Maharashtra, hawaldar Hameer Singh of Dunda to Uttarakhand and rifleman Mandeep Singh Rawat of Kotdwar was also from Uttarakhand.

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