Hamirpur: The last rites of Sepoy Rohin Kumar of Punjab regiment, who was killed in shelling by the Pakistani forces in Rajouri sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, were performed with full military honors at a crematorium near his native village Galore Khas.
Cousin (son of Uncle) of the deceased soldier lit the pyre, amid slogans of ‘Pakistan Murdabad’ and ‘Shaheed Rohin Kumar amar rahe’.
Several people attended the final rites of the soldier, making it difficult for the police to control them. The highly-agitated persons demanded strong action against Pakistan.
Jawans of Punjab regiment reversed their arms and fired in the air to give their final salute to the martyr.
Earlier, the body was brought to the village in a vehicle of the Indian Army. Hundreds of youngsters accompanied the coffin to the village from NIT, Hamirpur, where the body landed in an Army helicopter. The body was received by the senior district officers and workers of both BJP and Congress.
Sepoy Rohin was killed, when Pakistan opened heavy fire on forward posts along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district on Saturday.
Kumar, resident of Himachal Pradesh’s Hamirpur district, was a brave, highly-motivated and a sincere soldier, a government Spokesperson said here.
He said the nation will always remain indebted to the soldier for his supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty. He was posted in the 14th Punjab regiment in 2016 and his father worked as a Halwai in Amritsar.
Meanwhile, HP Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur, former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, former HP Congress chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhoo, other leaders and senior activists of both BJP and Congress mourned the sad demise of Sepoy Rohin Kumar.
In separate messages, they have termed him a great fighter and said that his sacrifice would be remembered forever.
HP Congress chief Kuldip Rathore will visit the house of the martyr later this week, to console his family, a Congress Spokesperson said here.