Last rites of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) head constable, Lakhbir Singh, who was killed in the naxal attack in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, were today performed with full state honour in his native village of Baskwada, in Jwali subdivision of district Kangra.
Hundreds of people from the village and adjacent areas gathered at the funeral site to pay their respect to the departed soldier. Lakbhhir’s son Robin lit the funeral pyre amid chant of hymns and slogan “Lakhbir Amar Rahe”on the bank of Buhal river. Lakhbir had retired from 10 Para Commando three years back before joining the CRPF. He was the member of road opening party of 80th battalion of CRPF that was ambushed by Naxal Guerrillas On March 11.
Lakhbir is survived by his aging parents Harnam Singh and Sarla Devi, wife Laita Devi, son Robin Hira and daughter Archi Hira. His body was brought to village in the morning by 28 CRPF and police personnel wrapped in tricolour today morning. Congress leader and former MP Chaudhary Chander Kumar and State Agriculture Minister Sujan Singh Pathania also attended the funeral.
Kangra Deputy Commissioner C Palrasu, Superintendent of Police (SP) Balbir Thakur, Sub- Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Jawali, Mohan Dutt Sharma and Deputy SP Dharam Chand represented the state government.
Governor Urmila Singh and Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh have expressed grief over the demise of the soldier. In their condolence messages, they said that the valour shown by martyr Lakhbir, who died fighting naxalites had not will always remembered. Virbhadra said that Himachal Pradesh was known as ‘Vir Bhoomi’ and the government well recognizes the contribution these martyrs had made for the security of the Country.They prayed to the almighty to give peace to the departed soul and strength to the family members to bear the irreparable loss.