Soldier’s body brought to Dehradun for final rites

July 26th, 2010 - 3:12 pm ICT by ANI  

By Ashish Goyal

Dehradun, July 26 (ANI): The body of Gorkha Rifles soldier Rohit Gurung, who died during patrolling two days ago in Kashmir, was brought to his hometown in Dehradun, Uttarakhand for final rites on Monday.

Gurung was killed by a landmine explosion while patrolling in the Poonch area of Kashmir on Friday.

“Today, indeed, it is a very sad day for all of us…bid the final farewell to one of our fallen comrade. The soldier was from the battalion which was deployed in the northern areas in field and he was in operations when his death took place,” said K. Mukherjee, Commanding Officer of the 62nd battalion of the Gorkha Rifles.

Gurung’s father said that he was proud of his son, as he laid down his life in the service of the nation.

“It hurts, but at the same time I am happy that my son sacrificed his life for the country. I still say that if I had another son, I would have sent him to the Indian Army as well,” said Gopal Singh. (ANI)

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