JAMMU, Aug 17: A constable of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), who was killed along with his 6 colleagues in bus accident near Chandanwari area of Pahalgam in District Anantnag yesterday, was cremated with full military honours at his native village here today.
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A pall of gloom descended on village Taku Chak of Domana here after hearing the news about the death of ITBP Constable Sandeep Kumar Verma in bus accident near Chandanwari area of Pahalgam in District Anantnag.
The killed constable is survived by father, mother, wife, and two brothers. His marriage was solemnised around two years back and a couple is having a 7-months old baby (son). He had joined the ITBP around 7 years back.
The heart rendering scenes were witnessed in the village as neither his in-laws nor relatives and the villagers had ever thought that Constable Sandeep Kumar Verma, son of Kali Dass, a resident of Taku Chak Domana District Jammu who was serving in Kashmir will not come alive from there.
The ITBP constable along with 6 others were killed and 33 others received injuries after the bus they were travelling in skidded off the road and fell into riverbed near Chandanwari area of Pahalgam in District Anantnag. The personnel were returning to their unit after performing their duties during the recently concluded Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra.
Soon after hearing the news yesterday, the relatives and other villagers rushed to constable’s residence and tried to console the grief stricken family members who were sobbing and wailing and could not understand what has happened to their son.
Hundreds of people amid slogans ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and ‘Surinder Verma Amar Rahe’ followed the vehicle in which the mortal remains of the constable were brought to his native village.
After performing the rituals, the constable was cremated with full military honours, a family member said, adding that the constable Sandeep Kumar Verma was a brave cop and was very punctual towards his duty.
During the cremation, Member Parliament Shamsher Singh Manhas, Former Minister and senior BJP leader Sham Lal Sharma, SDPO Domana Sunil Singh, SHO Domana Inspector Tilak Raj Sharma and many others were present.
With teary eyes, the father of the constable termed his son as ‘Lion’.
“My son was a lion and I am very proud of him. He made supreme sacrifice in the line of duty”, he said and demanded an enquiry should be conducted to ascertain the reason behind the accident.