"I am extremely proud of my husband and my sons too will serve the country, just like their father," says Mandeep Kaur, the wife of Naik Mandeep Singh, one of the five soldiers killed in a fierce gunfight with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch area on Monday.


“Of course, it's an irreparable loss for our family but we are proud of him,” remarked Kaur.


Mandeep Singh last rites were performed today as his mortal remains arrived in his ancestral home in Gurdaspur, Punjab. A large crowd gathered to salute and pay their homage to the Indian braveheart.


Meanwhile, the family of Singh remains inconsolable, however, filled with immense pride as “he laid down his life for the country.”


Recalling her last call with her martyred husband, Kaur said she had never imagined the two of them would never speak again. The 30 year old had recently been home to meet his newborn second son.

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Mandeep was father to two sons- a three year old and another who just turned 40 days today.


"Though my son has left this world, I am proud of him for sacrificing his life fighting for the country," said Martyr's bereaved mother Manjit Kaur. "We were looking forward to his birthday...but then this happened," the mother remarked.



Naik Mandeep Singh of 11 SIKH, was from Village Chhatha shira, near Ghanike Bangar (Aliwal to Fatehgarh churian road) in District Gurdaspur.


Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Monday announced ex-gratia grant of Rs. 50 lakh and a government job to one member of the bereaved family of Naik Mandeep Singh along with Naib Subedar Jaswinder Singh Sena Medal, and Sepoy Gajjan Singh.


The two- Naib Subedar Jaswinder Singh Sena Medal, and Sepoy Gajjan Singh were among the five army personnel killed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch.


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