No Diwali Celebrations In Antehri Village
Many of us would have had a blast this Diwali, where we would have celebrated and enjoyed a lot with our kith and kin. But people in Antehri Village (famous as a village of soldiers) didn’t. They decided not to celebrate Diwali this year and the reason behind this decision is too sad. This whole village decided to abstain from celebrating Diwali this year, because they have lost a great soul to the hands of terrorists.
Yes, Antehri Village did lost a great soul when 30-year-old Army jawan Mandeep Singh was brutally killed and mutilated by terrorists across the border. The barbaric incident brought the whole village to tears. Mandeep was to return home to Antehri village in Haryana, to celebrate Diwali and the construction of his new house with his family. But he had to give away his life while defending our nation from the hands of terrorists.
He couldn’t make it home to celebrate this Diwali with his family. Instead his family received him wrapped in the tricolour. The villagers wanted to respect his sacrifice, they wanted to mourn the death of their village’s greatest soul. So they decided not to celebrate this festival of lights, they decided not to burn crackers, they decided not to eat delicacies. Instead they lighted a diya in each household to mark his great sacrifice, to remember him.
The last rites of Army jawan Mandeep Singh was held with full state honours along with gun salute by the Army. Where Mandeep’s father lit the funeral pyre in the presence of Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, senior Army officers and officials from the district administration. Villagers who kept chanting “Shaheed Mandeep Amar Rahe” also raised anti-Pakistan slogans. Reports The Times Of India.
Prerna, wife of martyred soldier Mandeep Singh requested to the government, “Ya toh samjhado Pak ko; samje toh thik warna khatam kardo, kam se kam roz roz diwali kaali nhi hogi sabhi ki (either warn Pakistan sternly or finish them whole so that everyone doesn’t have to celebrate a miserable Diwali every day).”
CM Manohar Lal Khattar has anounced Rs 50 lakh as aid to the soldier’s family and he also said that Mandeep Singh’s death will be avenged.
“We are proud of the sacrifice of our son. Pakistan must be taught a lesson for its inhuman actions,” Mandeep’s father, Phool Singh, said.