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BSF soldier’s funeral on Sunday

Statesman News Service | Meerut |

The last rites of the BSF soldier Jagpal Singh will be performed in his native village Bhainsrauli in Bulandshahar district on Sunday.

State Transport Minister Swatantra Dev will pay homage to the soldier on behalf of chief minister Yogi Adityanath. The CM has also announced an ex gratia of Rs 25 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased family.
Jagpal Singh, a BSF inspector, died in crossfire with Pakistani soldiers at Samba sector of Jammu & Kashmir on Friday. The family was informed about his tragic death on Friday.

The body is expected to arrive on Sunday morning after which his last rites would be performed. However, Jagpal’s teenaged son Gaurav Singh declared that the last rites of his father will be performed only in the presence of the CM. Family members also demanded a hospital in his name in the village and installation of his statue.

BJP MLA of Shikarpur constituency Anil Sharma and district magistrate Rishabh Jacob visited the grieving family and assured them the state government and CM are with them and will consider their demands.“I assured them of sending the proposal for construction of hospital in the village”, said the MLA.

Jagpal is survived by four daughters and a son. While two daughters are married, his third daughter was to get married on 4 February.

Meanwhile, Yogi announced financial aid of Rs 20 lakh for the wife and Rs 5 lakh for the parents of a BSF jawan killed in ceasefire violations by Pakistan, an official said.
BSF head constable Jagpal Singh (49), a resident of Bulandshahr district, succumbed to injuries sustained during cross-border firing in Samba sector along the IB on Friday.