Gunner who died in Pak firing cremated with full honour

AGRA: Two days after gunnerRajesh Kumarof 57rashtriya rifleswas killed in a ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Macchil sector of Jammu and Kashmir, on Saturday, his body was cremated with full military honour in his native village,Etah district.

Only brother among five siblings, Rajesh Kumar joined army in 2013. His wife Reena is six-month pregnant.

Rajesh hailed from Rejau village of Jalesar police jurisdiction. His body wrapped in tri-colour was brought into military vehicle and a march was conducted to his home, which was attended by district magistrate I.P. Pandey, additional superintendent of police O.P. Singh and Jalesar MLA Sanjeev Diwakar. Earlier on Friday evening, local residents of Rejau blocked road and pelted stone on UP roadways bus as none of the officials visited slain soldier’s home.

Before the 21-gun-salute cremation, his body was handed over to his father Nem Singh and other family members.
Grieving on his son’s death Nem Singh said, “Though I lost my only son, I’m proud of his bravery.”
His mortal remains were consigned to the fire, wherein his cousin Vikednar (14) performed all the rituals.
State government has announced to pay Rs 25 lakh as compensation to his wife and parents.