Kurukshetra (Haryana): Body of Indian Army soldier Mandeep Singh, who was mutilated by terrorists near the Line of Control (LoC), has been handed over to his family on Sunday.

Thousands gathered as the mortal remains of Mandeep reached his hometown Antahedi Village in Haryana’s Kurukshetra where he will be cremated with full military honours.

Residents of Mandeep’s village said that no Diwali would be celebrated in the village as a mark of respect to the martyr. Antehri village is known for sending men to the forces.

“We are proud of the sacrifice of our son. Pakistan must be taught a lesson for its inhuman actions,” Mandeep’s father Phool Singh said.

Villagers raised anti-Pak slogans as the mortal remains of Mandeep Singh arrived at his hometown.

 Mandeep, who was married in 2014, leaves behind his widow, Prerna, who is a constable in the Haryana Police, and parents.

“Our government should take decisive action to finish Pakistan. We cannot let our soldiers die like this,” an inconsolable Prerna told the media.

The Indian Army, in an official statement on Saturday, said the soldier’s body was “mutilated” and added that it would retaliate with an “appropriate response”.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar described Mandeep’s killing as a cowardly act by the terrorists.

He met the family members of Mandeep and assured them that a financial assistance of Rs 50 lakh would be given to the next of kin. A government job will also be offered to one family member.

This is not the first time that Pakistan has mutilated the bodies of Indian soldiers.

During the Kargil war in 1999, Captain Saurabh Kalia, Sepoys Arjunram Baswana, Mula Ram Bidiasar, Naresh Singh Sinsinwar, Bhanwar Lal Bagaria and Bhika Ram Mudh of 4 Jat Regiment were captured by Pakistani troops and brutally tortured.

The soldiers had their ear drums pierced with hot iron rods, eyes punctured and genitals cut off. The autopsy of the bodies also revealed that they were burned with cigarettes butts. Their limbs were also chopped off, teeth broken and skull fractured during the torture. Even their nose and lips were sliced off.

In another incident, on January 8, 2013, Pakistani soldiers entered Indian Territory in Krishna Ghati sector of the border and killed two Indian soldiers – Lance Naik Hemraj and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh. Indian officials said both the bodies were mutilated, and Hemraj’s body was decapitated.


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