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Aid announced, but kin hopeful of missing sepoy’s return

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Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Barnala, July 28

An official release from the office of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday night announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs 50 lakh along with a government job to the family of Sepoy Satwinder Singh, who was swept away near the Line of Actual Control (LAC). However, his family and residents of his native village Kutba believe he is alive and are hopeful of his safe return.

Subedar Gurmale Singh, who also works as a Guardian of Governance and a resident of the village, said he had spoken to the Army authorities this morning and learnt that the search for Satwinder was still on.

“Satwinder is missing but we cannot say he is dead. His seniors have told me that they are taking all possible steps to trace him. We are hopeful that he will come back alive,” Gurmale said.

The CM, on Monday evening, had announced Rs 50-lakh aid and a government job each to the families of Sepoy Satwinder Singh and Sepoy Lakhveer Singh of 4 Sikh Light Infantry unit. He paid homage to the sacrifice of the fallen soldiers and extended sympathies to their families.

Both Army men were part of a patrol party near the LAC in Arunachal Pradesh. While crossing a wooden bridge on a fast-flowing nullah in the high-altitude area, they fell down and were swept away while trying to save each other. Search and rescue operations are in progress to trace Satwinder Singh while the body of Lakhveer Singh was recovered on Monday.

Lakhveer Singh hailed from Demru Khurd village in Baghapurana tehsil of Moga district and is survived by his wife Namdeep Kaur. Satwinder Singh’s family comprises of his mother and father.

Sukhwinder Kaur and Amar Singh, parents of the missing sepoy, said their son would come back alive by defeating death. Harmanjit Singh, another resident of Kutba village, said: “The whole village has been praying for Satwinder’s safe return.”

from The Tribune

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