14 Oct 2023

Army Responds To Questions Being Raised On Not Giving Martyr’s Status to Agniveer Amritpal Singh In J&K

Srinagar: After the death of Agniveer Amritpal Singh last Wednesday in Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir, many questions are being raised regarding not giving him the status of martyr.

His final rites were conducted on Friday, October 13, in his native village in Punjab. Amritpal Singh was enlisted on September 20 into the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles battalion in Poonch sector. According to reports, Amritpal Singh was found with a gunshot wound to his head.

The main opposition party Congress has said that Amritpal was not even given a final farewell with military honours. This is an insult to the martyrs of the country.

Congress tweeted: Amritpal Singh, resident of Punjab, joined the army as Agniveer. He was posted in Kashmir, he was martyred after being shot on 10 October. His mortal remains were brought by an army havaldar and two soldiers. Apart from this, no army unit even came. Even his mortal remains were brought in a private ambulance instead of an army vehicle. This is an insult to the martyrs of the country.

At the same time, former Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Satyapal Malik has also raised questions on the Agniveer scheme of the Central Government.

Malik wrote, "This incident proves that Agniveer was created so that the status of martyr is not given and the army is destroyed. The central government should be ashamed that they are not giving martyr status.


Indian Army gave this reply

The Indian Army's reply has come amid questions being raised from all sides. The 16th Corps of the Indian Army, also known as 'White Night Corps', has told on its social media account that Amritpal died due to self-inflicted gunshot.

The Army tweeted: In an unfortunate incident, Agniveer Amritpal Singh died while on sentry duty in Rajouri Sector, due to a self inflicted gun shot injury. Court of Inquiry to ascertain more details is in progress.

The Army said the mortal remains of the deceased, accompanied by one Junior Commissioned Officer and four Other Ranks, were transported in a Civil Ambulance hired by the Unit of the Agniveer. Accompanying Army personnel also attended the last rites.

The Army, while offering deepest condolences to the bereaved family, said the cause of death being a self inflicted injury, no guard of honor or military funeral was provided, in accordance with the existing policy.

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