New Delhi: Hours before the mortal remains of Lance Naik Ranjeet Singh were consigned to flames at his ancestral village in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, his wife delivered a baby girl– the first child of the couple after a wait of 10 years. The tricolour-wrapped coffin carrying the body of the 36-year-old soldier reached his Suligam village on Monday after a wreath laying ceremony at Akhnoor Garrison. But due to some delay, the cremation could not take place and the family decided to perform the last rites on Tuesday morning.Also Read - Vaishno Devi Yatra: Jammu & Kashmir Govt Issues Fresh COVID Guidelines For Devotees. Full List Here

Officials said that Singh’s pregnant wife Shimu Devi developed labour pain at around midnight and was admitted to district hospital where she delivered the baby girl at around 5 am. For the last glimpse of her husband, Devi along with the new born was taken to the cremation ground Chamba-Seri in an ambulance. Also Read - PDP Issues Legal Notice To Former J&K Guv Satya Pal Malik For Allegations Against Mehbooba Mufti

Speaking to reporters, a local resident known to the family said,”The soldier waited for 10 years for the birth of his first child but destiny had something else in store for him, Vijay Kumar.” He added Singh was planning to take a leave to be with his wife who was expecting a baby anytime. Also Read - Important Update! Kashmir Police Establishes Toll-Free Helpline at PCR Kashmir | Check Number Here

The soldier is survived by his parents, three younger sisters and as many brothers who live in a joint family.

Singh was among the three personnel of Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry who fell to the bullets of Pakistani intruders along the Line of Control (LoC) in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district on Sunday. He had joined the Army in 2003.

(With inputs from agencies)