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Son Dies along LoC as Farmers March to Delhi

Devanshi Doshi

Sukhbir Singh, Kulwant Sing’s son, got killed in the line of duty on the LoC in Rajouri sector in Jammu and Kashmir.

Kulwant Singh, a marginal farmer in Tarn Taran district in Punjab, got a call on November 27 morning from the army informing him of his son’s death. Rifleman Sukhbir Singh of 18 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles (JAK RIF) was just 22 and had spent one year and 11 months in the army. Along with Naik Prem Bahadur Khatri, Rifleman Sukhbir Singh succumbed to his injuries in the cross-border firing. 

In the morning on Friday at 8 when Kulwant Singh along with many other father was preparing to march towards Delhi as a protest against the three farm bill, he was called to be informed about his son’s death along LoC. The devastated father managed to express his emotions by saying that he didn’t what would happen next, he only has six kanals of land for agriculture and that all his hopes were pinned on his son. He also told the media how his son, in class V or VI, had announced his ambitions of joining the army. According to Kulwant Singh, Sukhbir had come home on leave just four months ago, and arranged his sister’s wedding. “Apni bhen da vyah enne hee keeta chhutti aa ke, sara kujh enne keeta. Panj lakh rupaya udhaar lae ke aaya unit ton vyah layi (He had come on leave and got his sister married. He did everything. He took a Rs 5 lakh loan from the unit for the wedding),” said Kulwant.

The Punjab Chief Minister has announced an ex gratia of Rs. 50 lakh for the next of his kin along with a government job for a member of the family. Addressing the ‘tragic demise,’ he tweeted, “Anguished to learn of the tragic demise of Sepoy Sukhbir Singh in Rajouri Sector today. Have announced ex-gratia of Rs. 50 lakh & a job to a dependent family member. My condolences to the bereaved family. Nation will always remain indebted for his supreme sacrifice. Jai Hind!”

 

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