Gloom descends on Lt Col's residence

A pall of gloom descended on the Sector 18 residence of Lt Col Bikramjeet Singh who died in the twin terror attack in Jammu region on Thursday.

Singh, who had put in 15-years of service, was shot in the stomach when terrorists attacked the 16 Light Cavalry unit in Samba where he was posted as the second-in-command.

Wife Navneet and 8-year-old daughter Ramneet were in Samba when the incident took place and returned later on Thursday with Singh’s body.

Singh’s father is a retired Army officer and stays here. Family members and friends had started to descend on the residence on hearing the news.

Brigadier R S Mann, representing the Western Command Chandimandir paid tribute to Singh. The cremation will take place here on Friday at 3 pm, family sources said. 

According to sources, Singh was unarmed and was going to the officers mess, which was adjacent to the residential area where his family was staying. The officer was from the Armoured Corps and passed out of the Indian Military Academy in December 1998.

‘Attacks aimed at  derailing talks’

 Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday said the “dastardly” terror attacks in Jammu were aimed at derailing talks between Prime Minister Man­mohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, scheduled later in the week in New York.  Addressing a press conference at his Gupkar residence, Abdullah said: “They (the deceased) have made their sacrifices to help peace process to be a success.

They have sacrificed their lives for peace. We should not allow militants to succeed. It seems to be aimed at derailing the peace process.”  The chief minister said he will convene a meeting of the Unified Head Quarters (UHQ) by Friday. “The terrorist attacks in Kathua and Samba should be condemned by one and all,” Abdullah said.

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