Hundreds of villagers joined family in bidding adieu on late Wednesday evening to deceased Lance Naik Hemraj Singh, who was killed by Pakistani troops during a ceasefire violation in Jammu and Kashmir.
In Singh's native village of Shernagar under Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh, scores of locals flocked to the soldier's residence to honour Singh even as his inconsolable family of comprising his ageing mother, his wife, two daughters and a toddler son was seen being pacified by local women.
Army officials who escorted Singh's coffin from New Delhi participated in the last rites and also gave a rifle salute by firing several rounds in the air in honour of the soldier who died at the Line of Control (LoC).
The family's sole breadwinner, Lance Naik Hemraj was one of the two Indian soldiers killed by Pakistani troops in a violation of truce on the Kashmir border. Hemraj, who joined the Army in 2001, was the second of three brothers and the sole earning member of his family after the death of his father.
Pakistani troops crossed the territory's heavily militarised LoC on January 8 and fired at an Indian army patrol. The body of one of the soldiers was found "badly mutilated" in a forested area on the side controlled by India, Indian military officials said. Pakistan has denied the allegation. The army said in a separate incident later on Tuesday, both sides shot at each other for more than an hour across the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Jammu and Kashmir.