Kurukshetra, (Haryana), Oct 30: Mortal remains of sepoy Mandeep Singh was brought to his hometown in Kurukshetra in Haryana on Sunday. Singh died in an encounter near Line of Control (LoC) in  Jammu and Kashmir’s Machil sector on Friday evening. The terrorists mutilated his body before crossing into Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) under the cover of firing by Pakistan army. One terrorist was also killed in the attack. Haryana chief minister ML Khattar met the family members of soldier and assured assistance from the government. Khattar described Mandeep’s killing as a cowardly act by the terrorists. He also promised Rs 50 lakh to be given to the next of kin. Also Read - Haryana To Implement 75% Job Reservation In Private Sector From May 1

Mourning the death of Singh, Antedi village will not celebrate Diwali this year. Singh was to come home for Diwali but instead his body has reached for last rites. No one will celebrate Diwali this year, our entire village mourns the death of Mandeep Singh. Only one candle will be lit in every house for the peace of the soul of our martyrs, we are really proud of them said Subhash Chandra, Sarpanch, Antahedi Village. Also Read - Bharat Bandh Evokes Good Response In Punjab, Haryana; Minimal Impact In UP | 10 Points

Mandeep Singh’s wife Prerna who works with the Haryana Police, said that Mandeep never informed her or anyone in family that he was posted near the LoC. Following the rise in firing across the border after surgical strikes, Mandeep’s leaves were cancelled recently. Mandeep’s father, “He died in the line of his duty, but Pakistan should be given a fitting reply.” His brother, Sandeep Singh said that the family is proud that Mandeep died for the nation and last drop of his blood went to the service of the country.

Mandeep had joined the army in 2008 and served in Sikh regiment. He was currently posted with the 17 Rashtriya Rifles. Senior officials and villagers had reached Mandeep’s house today to pay him respect and console the family.

Following the increase in ceasefire violation by Pakistan, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, “I want to assure the nation that the security forces are giving befitting reply to the firing from Pakistan. We will not bow down before anyone.”

Amidst the ension between India and Pakistan, the Border Security Force (BSF) decided not to exchange sweets with the Pakistan Rangers at the Attari-Wagah Border today on the occasion of Diwali. In retaliation to the cross border firing causing causalities, the Army on Saturday launched fire assaults at Pakistan Army positions, causing major damage.  Four Pakistani posts were damaged in a massive assault across the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran Sector of Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir.