Tribune News Service
Fazilka, July 1
The body of Jarnail Singh, a jawan of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), who laid down his life while fighting the Maoists in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday, was cremated at his native village Badha, one kilometre from here, today with a guard of honour.
A contingent of the CRPF jawans fired three rounds in the air after reversing their arms and sounding the last bugle as a mark of respect to the departed
soul. Jarnail Singh was recruited as sepoy in the 39 Battalion of CRPF about 21 years ago.
A sea of humanity descended on the cremation ground which rented with repeated raising of slogans like 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' and 'Jab Tak Sooraj Chand Rahega, Jarnail Singh Tera Nam Rahega.' People were scrambling to have a last glimpse of their hero. The body was brought to the village in a flower bedecked truck from Malout. A number of youths, who were on motorcycles, were leading the funeral procession.
A large number of people belonging to all age-groups lined up alongside the lanes and bylanes of Badha village
and waved the Indian tricolour when the body was being taken to the cremation ground from the house of Jarnail Singh.
DIG, CRPF, Sat Pal Rawat, Ferozepur Deputy Commissioner KK Yadav, Surjit Jiyani, MLA, Fazilka, Mohinder Dhingra, chairman, Improvement Trust, Anil Sethi, president, municipal council, Ajay Sood, SDM, Fazilka, Devinder Sachdeva, a political leader and senior functionaries of the police attended the funeral.
Baljeet Singh, nephew of deceased, who received the telephonic message in connection with the death of Jarnail Singh, lit his pyre. Jarnail Singh is
survived by his parents, wife and two teenaged daughters.
Jarnail Singh was among those CRPF personnel who were killed by the Maoists by laying down an ambush in the thick jungle area of Narainpur-Raipur districts of Chhattisgarh while they were returning to their base camp after executing the road opening task on Tuesday.
The DC said he would write to the Punjab government for extending financial help to the next kin of the family of the deceased.