No guard of honor to Amritpal singh? Army Clarifies Following Major Dispute in Punjab

According to the Army’s current protocol, no guard of honour or military funeral was held for Amritpal Singh because his cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Chandigarh: On Saturday, the opposition parties in Punjab expressed dismay over the Army’s decision to skip providing a guard of honor for Agniveer Amritpal Singh’s funeral after his death in Jammu and Kashmir on October 11.

However, the Army claimed in a statement that no guard of honor or military funeral was held in compliance with the rules because Singh’s cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Bhagwant Mann, the chief minister of Punjab, also stated that the central government will be objected to strongly on this issue.

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According to Mr. Mann, Amritpal Singh is a national martyr. He further stated in a post on X that regardless of the army’s position regarding Singh’s martyrdom, his government’s policy will remain the same for a martyr and it will offer 1 crore to the soldier’s family in accordance with state policy.

Amritpal Singh, who was serving in the Poonch area with a battalion of the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles, was cremated on Friday in his home village in the Mansa region of Punjab.

Harsimrat Kaur Badal, a leader of the Shiromani Akali Dal and a former federal minister, expressed her amazement after learning that Singh was cremated without an army guard of honor.

She asked Rajnath Singh, the defense minister, to get involved and give the required instructions so that all soldiers who died in battle would receive military honors.

“Shocked to learn that Agniveer Amritpal Singh, who was martyred in the line of duty in Poonch in J-K, was cremated without an Army guard of honour & even his body was brought to his native village in Mansa in a private ambulance by his family!,” Ms Badal wrote on X “It has been discovered that Amritpal was a #Agniveer, which is why this occurred. We must treat every one of our soldiers with respect. To ensure that all soldiers who have died in battle receive military honors, ask Rajnath Singh, the defense minister.

Agniveer Amritpal Singh passed away from a self-inflicted gunshot wound while doing sentry duty in Rajouri Sector, according to a statement released by the Army on Saturday. More information is currently being gathered by a court of inquiry.

According to the statement, Singh’s body was conveyed in a civil ambulance that the unit of the Agniveer had rented, along with a junior commissioned officer and four other ranks. Army officers who were also traveling with Singh were present for the final rituals.

As per the established policy, “no guard of honour or military funeral was provided, the cause of death being a self-inflicted injury,” it said.

Amrinder Singh Raja Warring, the head of the Punjab Congress, stated, “This is a sad day for our country as this (soldier) was sent back home in a private ambulance and not given any guard of honor. Does being an Agniveer imply that their lives are less important? he questioned.

“The grieving family had to ask the local Punjab Police to provide a guard of honor for our baby kid. Is this the rationale behind @BJP4India’s policy? Are we going to treat our Agniveers differently from the rest of our military in this way? Are there any explanations from the central government for this cruel treatment of our young martyr? Shameful!” said Warring on X.

Bikram Singh Majithia, the leader of the SAD, called for the Agniveer program to be abandoned and the regularization of all troops who had been hired under it up to that point.

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