10 -month-old lights braveheart father's funeral pyre
Gurugram: Being a land of 150 armymen who have sacrificed their lives for the nation, Rewari has always had pride for its valorous sons and their courageous families. On Monday, it had lost another brave son when sepoy Hari Singh was martyred in an operation where three terrorists of Jaish-e-Mohammad were neutralised.
On Tuesday, the body of 28-year-old was brought to his ancestral village of Raj Garh where almost 5,000 people from the village gathered to bid adieu to their brave son.
He was cremated at the same site where 15 years back the village had cremated Ved Malik — another Indian soldier who was martyred.
Hari Singh who was a brother of three sisters married in 2016 to Radha Bai and had a 10-month-old son named Lakshay. Not being aware of the significance of the occasion, the 10-month-old lit the pyre for the braveheart without realising that this is the last time he is seeing his father in the physical form.
Hari Singh's father Angethi Singh was also an Armyman who passed away in 2018. His widow mother Pista Devi though overwhelmed by the tragic event had a sense of pride for his son. His family members highlighted that despite his personal responsibilities, his commitment to serving in a non-family station remained stoic. He last visited his family and village a month ago for the vacations. The bereaved family members further highlighted that in his conversation, he in a discreet manner pointed out that he was going to be a part of the big operation. Conferred with Sena Medal and recently promoted to a higher rank in the army Hari Singh, in 2018, was credited for getting hold of two terrorists of Lashkar-e -Taiba alive.
It was his act of bravery in which his seniors in the army wrote a letter to him and lauded his bravery. Singh, who joined the Indian Army five years back, 3was a part of fifty-five grenadiers regiment. During his last rites, his colleagues made sure that they were present at the solemn moment and accorded him the national honour.
The officials of Haryana police were also present during the rites who paid formal tributes to the departed soldier. Senior politicians including Gurugram's member of parliament were also present to pay their condolences.
The death of Hari Singh comes barely after a year of the martyrdom of Captain Kapil Kundu, who died on February 4 in 2018 that was just six days before his 23rd birthday. Kundu was a brother of two sisters and had lost his father in 2010.