UP: Martyred soldier Pinku Kumar cremated with full military honours

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Baghpat, 29 March: The mortal remains of Pinku Kumar, an Indian Army soldier, resident of Luhari village, who was martyred on Saturday in Shopian, Jammu and Kashmir, reached his ancestral village at 8:30 am on Monday.

Thousands of people gathered for his last ‘darshan’. Today he was cremated with full military honours.

His body was brought from Meerut in an army vehicle wrapped in a tricolour. Hundreds of tractors and convoys, who were already waiting on arrival at Baraut, received the army vehicle.

A huge procession reached Lohari village shouting slogans of patriotism. During this period, along with army personnel, DM Rajkamal Yadav, SP Abhishek Singh, the staff of police and administrative officers also went on the procession.

On reaching the village, the body of havildar Tinku Kumar was kept into the courtyard of his house, where his last ‘darshan’ was witnessed by thousands of people.

In the meantime, the martyr’s wife Kavita, daughter Shaily and Anjali, father Jabar Singh, mother Kamlesh Devi, brother Manoj paid last tribute to brave soldier.

It is noteworthy that Pinku Kumar, born in a family of farmers in village Luhari in the district, was commissioned in the Army from Meerut on September 13 2001.

Presently, he was posted as Havildar in Jammu and Kashmir. According to his elder brother Manoj, at about 11.30 pm on Saturday, an army officer from Jammu and Kashmir reported the martyrdom of his brother, 38-year-old Pinku. Martyred soldier Pinku Kumar has a nine-month-old son in Shopian and has two daughters. The elder daughter is eight years old and the younger daughter is five years old.

His father, Jabar Singh, said he is proud of the son’s martyrdom. Martyr Jawan’s elder brother Manoj does farming.