Young rifleman Aurangzeb laid to rest amid anti-Pak slogans

POONCH, JUN 17: Amid pro-India and anti-Pakistan slogans, Rifleman Aurangzeb, killed by terrorists after abduction from south Kashmir’s Shopian district last Wednesday, was laid to rest in native Salani hamlet in the border district of Poonch.
Salani is a hamlet mainly comprising of soldiers serving or who have served in Indian armed forces.
The coffin, in which Aurangzeb’s body lay, was wrapped in Tricolour and was carried by Army jawans and officers on their shoulders who trekked a serpentine path in the mountainous belt for over half an hour to reach his native village from a nearby road last evening. Earlier, the body was flown in a helicopter to Sagra helipad.
As the valiant soldier’s last journey continued, thousands joined along on the route while several thousand more thronged the hamlet to pay tributes.
A pall of gloom descended on the remote hamlet, where people demanded that Army avenge the killing.
Amid anger and tears, Aurangzeb’s body was laid to rest on Eid.
Meanwhile, a military send off was organised in honour of the brave heart Rifleman Bikash Gurung who laid down his life guarding the Nation’s frontiers while serving at the Line of Control (LoC) in Naushera sector (J&K). Military dignitaries laid wreaths on behalf of Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, Army Commander, Northern Command and Lt Gen Saranjeet Singh, GOC White Knight Corps.
The mortal remains of the martyr are being transported to Village Rushafarm, Panchayat and PO Gumaniwala, Tehsil Rishikesh, District Dehradun, where his last rites will be conducted with full military honours.
Rifleman Bikash Gurung a brave and sincere soldier. The nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty. (AGENCIES)