Fate ditched the hopes of the family of soldier Lance Havildar Davinder Singh of 17 Sikh Light Infantry (LI), who fought for life at the Research and Referral (R&R) Hospital Delhi for 12-days before succumbing to injuries on August 19. He died at 6 am on Friday.
Lance Havildar Davinder was all set retire in April next year but destiny had something else in store for him. He was injured with three gunshot wounds in enemy action at the Line of Control near Roshni Post of Machhil Sector of Jammu and Kashmir. Despite being wounded, Davinder killed a terrorist in retaliation.
On Saturday, his last rites were performed with full military and state honours at Dakoha locality in Jalandhar, where all senior Army officers, jawans, Deputy Commissioner Kamal Kishor Yadav and local leaders paid last respects. He is survived by his wife Satwinder Kaur and son Yoganpreet Singh (13), who was residing at field family accommodation at Thimmiya Park quarters in Jalandhar Cantonment.
At his residence, heartrending scenes were witnessed as his wife Satwinder Kaur was left cursing the Almighty for the irreparable loss of life.
Talking to Daily Post, Balkar Singh, brother in law of Satwinder, said that the doctors at R&R Delhi did not leave any stone unturned to save Davinder. “Every single moment of these days was spent in praying before the Almighty, as doctors kept our hopes alive,” he said.
Balkar said that after Davinder was injured in the fierce gunbattle, he was first rushed to Military Hospital, Srinagar, from where he was referred to R&R Delhi. “Davinder was very serious and within a day, he was shifted to Delhi, but he could not be saved,” he added with tears in his eyes.
A resident of Keria Afghana village in Batala (Gurdaspur), Davinder’s family remained with him during his service. Earlier in the day, Chief of Staff Vajra Corps Maj-Gen Deepak Dhanda said that a recommendation for Sena Medal to Davinder was made to senior officers. The Deputy Commissioner said that the soldier’s family would get all benefits from Punjab government.
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