Hill Quest News Desk
Pueed village in the Kharahal valley of Kullu district as the body of martyred soldier Balkrishan (24) arrived at his native village today
Martyr Sanjeev Kumar and Balkrishan were cremated with state honour at their native villages Dehra in Ghumarwin Subdivision of Bilaspur district and Pueed village in the Kharahal valley of Kullu district respectively on Monday. Significantly, the Sanjeev Kumar and Balkrishan were posted in Keran Sector of Jammu and Kashmir were wounded while foiling an infiltration attempt by terrorists from across the international border with Pakistan.
Notably, Five soldiers were killed in the exchange of fire, an official said.
They were identified as Subedar Sanjeev Kumar of Himachal Pradesh, Haveldar Davendra Singh of Utarakhand, paratrooper Bal Krishan of Himachal Pradesh, Paratrooper Amit Kumar of Utarakhand and Chhatrapal Singh of Rajasthan.
Martyr Sanjeev Kumar was Special Para Commando in Indian Army and was only son of farmer father Gian Chand. He was survived by his wife and 13 year old son. The body of the martyr was first airlifted in chopper to Spari Helipad at Jwalamukhi and them brought to native village Dehra by road.
The body of martyr Balkrishan was brought here in an Army helicopter from Pathankot to the SASE helipad at Manali in Kullu district. From Manali, it was taken to Pueed village in an Army vehicle.
Forest Minister Govind Singh Thakur, Kullu MLA Sunder Singh Thakur, former MP Maheshwar Singh, Kullu SDM Anurag Chander and a few relatives of the martyr were present during cremation.
The martyr Balkrishan is survived by his father Mahender Singh, mother Indira Devi, brother Kehar Singh and sister Sonika. He was cremated with full military honour.
The state government has announced a grant of Rs 20 lakh to the family of the martyr. A relief of Rs 5 lakh was also given.