Ambala (Haryana): The family members of Garud commando Gursewak Singh were in a state of shock on receiving the news about his martyrdom in the Pathankot terror attack, just over a month after his marriage, even as his father expressed pride that he laid down his life for the country.
The family, which resides in Garnala village near Ambala city, is yet to receive the body for the last rites. According to official information, the martyr's body would be airlifted to Ambala airbase later on Sunday.
Gursewak had joined Indian Air Force about six years ago after completing his graduation. He had got married just 45 days ago.
His father, Sucha Singh who is a farmer, said that he received information about Gursewak's martyrdom from his elder son who is an officer in the Army and asserted that he was proud that his son had laid down his life for the country.
Gursewak, who was described as an intelligent and bright youth, by his father, had cleared the Air Force exam in the first attempt. "My boy had gone to serve the nation. I am proud of him.
He has done his duty. We are sad too. Our elder son is also in the Army serving the nation. My younger son gave his life for the country. He was always good in studies and always wanted to join the Air Force," Sucha said."Legendary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh was his icon," he added.
State heath minister Anil Vij visited Gursewak's residence on Sunday afternoon to console the family. Meanwhile, deputy commissioner Ashok Sangwan said that the body of the martyr would be cremated with full state honours.