JAMMU: The Army today appealed to the people of Haryana, which has been hit by Jat quota stir, to extend support in giving a "befitting farewell" to the brave son of the soil, 23-year-old Capt Pawan Kumar, who died while fighting militants in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Kumar, an officer of the elite Para unit who hailed from Jind, was among two army personnel from elite Para unit who lost their lives today in the fierce encounter with militants holed up inside a government building in Pampore town.
"The Army appeals to the people of Haryana to extend their full support in giving a befitting farewell to this brave son of their soil," the Defence Spokesman of Northern Command said today.
The officer was an inspiring leader who inspite of being injured earlier in an anti-terrorist operation went on to volunteer for more operations.
The mortal remains of the brave soldier will be taken by air to Jind tomorrow as the road traffic is disrupted due to violent protests by Jats who are demanding quota in OBC category.
The last rites with full military honours will be conducted by the army and state administration at his village tomorrow, the Spokesman said.