Shaheed Sepoy Yashwant Singh
pays respects to its martyr
SHIMLA: All shops were closed large crowds
thronged the historic Ridge Maidan here on Wednesday to pay their last
respects to a 20-year-old Yashwant Singh who laid down his life for the
motherland in the Kargil sector.
His father, Ram Singh, bore it all
stoicly as he saw governor V.S. Rama Devi, former chief minister Virbhadra
Singh, members of the Prem Singh Dhumal cabinet, officials and Army officials
lay wreaths on the tricolour-bedecked coffin bearing the mortal remains
of Gunner Yashwant Singh of the 15th Field Regiment.
The young man had joined the Army
only last year and was to yet avail his first annual leave. Pressed by
his father, who retired from the ITBP, he joined the Army. He died on June
14 in the Kargil sector shortly after his 20th birthday.
A resident of Kewali village in Rohru sub-tehsil of Shimla district, his father recalled that Yashwant had come
on joining leave after completing his training. ``He went on to join the
15th Field Regiment and was proud that he was being sent to guard the frontiers
on his very first posting,'' his father told The Times of India News
The mortal remains will be taken
to Rohru on Thursday morning for the last rites which will be held with
full military honours. ``His people back home, especially his friends,
are keenly awaiting his arrival,'' said Ram Singh trying hard to hold back
Ram Singh said having been in the para-military forces himself, he knew the call of duty. ``I am proud that
he gave his life in honour of his motherland, but my only regret is that
he was too young to die,'' he said in a voice choked with emotion.
Courtesy: The Times of India News Service