October 2018 News

Slain Jawan's Wife Delivers Baby Hours Before His Cremation In Jammu-Kashmir

23 October 2018
The Indian Express

Jammu: He waited ten years for the birth of his first child but destiny had something else in store, a man known to Lance Naik Ranjeet Singh's family said. On Sunday, Singh was one of the three security personnel of Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry who fell to the bullets of Pakistani intruders along the Line of Control (LoC) in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district. Hours before his body was consigned to flames at his ancestral village in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir Tuesday, his wife delivered a baby girl. The tricolour-wrapped coffin carrying the body of the 36-year-old soldier reached his Suligam village on Monday after a wreath-laying ceremony at Akhnoor Garrison. But due to some delay, the cremation could not take place and the family decided to perform the last rites on Tuesday morning. However, his pregnant wife Shimu Devi went into labour at around midnight and was admitted to a district hospital where she delivered the baby girl at around 5 am, officials said. They said Devi along with the newborn was taken to the cremation ground Chamba-Seri in an ambulance. Later, the last rites of the soldier were performed with full military honours, the officials said. Singh had joined the Army in 2003 and was planning to take a leave to be with his wife who was expecting a baby anytime, said Vijay Kumar, a local resident known to Singh's family. The entire village is in deep mourning but the arrival of the child is expected to help the family to overcome the grief, Kumar added. The soldier is survived by his parents, three younger sisters and as many brothers who live in a joint family.