Samba, January 05: A pall of gloom descended at native village Jakh Chandi in Vijaypur tehsil of Samba district when the mortal remains of martyr Mool Raj were consigned to flames on Monday who attained martyrdom at Pathankot Army Hospital, a day ago.
Mool Raj was the jawan of Dense Security Corps (DSC). He got seriously injured while fighting with terrorists who attacked Pathankot Air Force Base on Saturday. He was admitted to Army Hospital at Pathankot for treatment where he succumbed to his injuries on Sunday. Mool Raj’s last rites were performed with full military honours at his native village.
The martyr was presented a guard of honour by reversing the weapons. The Army was represented by Yashpal Singh, Brigadier, 92 Infantry Brigade and Minister of Industries and Commerce Chander Parkash Ganga, SSP Samba, Joginder Singh and other military, civil and police officers made their presence.
Almost every resident of his village and the neighbouring ones came to the funeral procession to pay their last respects to him. Tears flowed from their eyes when the slogans of “Mool Raj Amar Rahay” and “Jab Tak Sooraj Chand Rahay Ga, Mool Raj Tera Naam Rehay Ga” filled the air as the pyre was lit by his son, Ashish.
The 47 year old martyr is survived by his old mother, wife, Gaytri Devi and two children. His son is studying in BA Part II while the daughter is a student of BA Part Ist. As per one of his neighbour, Mool Raj was an inspiration for every youngster of the village. He had just joined back three days ago after spending vacation at his native village. Nobody expected that he will never come back.
He further said that he was a passionate soldier of Indian Army and after retiring from Indian Army in 2002, he joined DSC in 2004.
“Although, the void his death has created will never be filled in our lives but I am proud that my father has made supreme sacrifice for the country,” said his son Ashish. He said that he always wanted us to do something big in life and he did that. “I will follow his footsteps and join the Army and serve the motherland as our father did in his life.”
Breaking the ritual, Mool Raj’s daughter Pooja gave a shoulder to his body. She said, “I am proud of my dad and wish that every child should get a brave father like him.”