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Poonch attack: Paramjeet Singh cremated in Punjab; wreath-laying ceremony held for Prem Sagar

The Indian Army's Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh, one of the two soldiers killed in in the Krishna Ghati sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistan Army on Monday, was laid to rest on Tuesday at his hometown in Tarn Taran, Punjab with full honours.

Reports said that the entire village had turned up to pay last respects to the deceased soldier.

Paramjeet's family members had initially demanded to see his body before the cremation. "Bharat mata ki jai" and anti-Pakistan slogans were heard at the funeral.

Paramjeet Singh (left) and Prem Sagar. Agencies

File images of Paramjeet Singh (left) and Prem Sagar. PTI and News18

CNN-News18 also reported that even though some MLAs present at the funeral, no minister from the state government, including Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, was present during Paramjeet's funeral. The news channel also reported that members of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) said that the chief minister should have been present.

On the other hand, a wreath-laying ceremony for Prem Sagar — head constable with the of 200th Battalion of the BSF — took place at Palam Airport in New Delhi.

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju paid last respects to Sagar but refused to talk about how the government plans to respond to this act of violence by the Pakistan Army.

"At such a time, the country is with the family of the deceased...This is not the time to speak about that," Rijiju said, when asked about what the government planned to do. "The whole country is united at this moment. First, let the last rites of the soldiers be completed," he added.

Meanwhile, the top army commanders of Pakistan and India talked over the hotline, a day after a Pakistani special forces team sneaked across the Line of Control and beheaded two Indian security personnel.

The hotline contact between the Director-Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of Pakistan and India was established at 11.30 am, Geo News reported.

"Pakistan rejected Indian allegations of ceasefire violation and mutilation of bodies of Indian soldiers," the report said.

The DGMO-level contact came after the local commanders of the two armies spoke on Monday night at Rawlakot-Poonch sector along the LoC.

The local commander of the Pakistan Army told his Indian counterpart that no ceasefire violation was committed by Pakistan, the military's Inter-Services Public Relations wing said in a statement.

"The Indian counterpart was told that there has been no ceasefire violation from Pakistan side nor mutilation of Indian soldiers' bodies. Indian authorities were told that there is unnecessary media hype following the allegations," the army said.

The statement also said that Pakistan remains fully committed to maintaining peace and tranquility along the LoC and expects the same from the other side.

With inputs from PTI


Published Date: May 02, 2017 14:23 PM | Updated Date: May 03, 2017 18:04 PM

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