Machchil encounter: Martyr Mandeep to be cremated, no Diwali in village

 Indian Army soldier Mandeep Singh's  body was mutilated by terrorists near the Line of Control (LoC).

Published: 30th October 2016 10:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th October 2016 10:41 AM   |  A+A-


KURUKSHETRA:  Indian Army soldier Mandeep Singh, whose body was mutilated by terrorists near the Line of Control (LoC), will be cremated in his native village in Haryana's Kurukshetra district with full military honours on Sunday.

Mandeep, a sepoy of the 17th Sikh regiment, was killed in an encounter with terrorists in Machhil sector of Kupwara area of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday night. He hailed from Antehri village in Kurukshetra district, about 100 km from Chandigarh.

His body was brought to Ambala on Saturday and was handed over to his family on Sunday.

Residents of Mandeep's village said that no Diwali would be celebrated in the village as a mark of respect to the martyr. Antehri village is known for sending men to the forces.

"We are proud of the sacrifice of our son. Pakistan must be taught a lesson for its inhuman actions," Mandeep's father Phool Singh said.

Mandeep, who was married in 2014, leaves behind his widow, Prerna, who is a constable in the Haryana Police, and parents.

"Our government should take decisive action to finish Pakistan. We cannot let our soldiers die like this," an inconsolable Prerna told the media.

The Indian Army, in an official statement on Saturday, said the soldier's body was "mutilated" and added that it would retaliate with an "appropriate response".

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar described Mandeep's killing as a cowardly act by the terrorists. The Chief Minister said that a financial assistance of Rs 50 lakh would be given to the next of kin.

This is not the first time that Pakistan has mutilated the bodies of Indian soldiers.

During the Kargil war in 1999, Captain Saurabh Kalia, Sepoys Arjunram Baswana, Mula Ram Bidiasar, Naresh Singh Sinsinwar, Bhanwar Lal Bagaria and Bhika Ram Mudh of 4 Jat Regiment were captured by Pakistani troops and brutally tortured.

The soldiers had their ear drums pierced with hot iron rods, eyes punctured and genitals cut off. The autopsy of the bodies also revealed that they were burned with cigarettes butts. Their limbs were also chopped off, teeth broken and skull fractured during the torture. Even their nose and lips were sliced off.

In another incident, on January 8, 2013, Pakistani soldiers entered Indian territory in Krishna Ghati sector of the border and killed two Indian soldiers - Lance Naik Hemraj and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh. Indian officials said both the bodies were mutilated, and Hemraj's body was decapitated.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp