Chandigarh: Haryana Police had an embarrassing moment today when two of their rifles failed to fire while giving a gun salute to Lance Naik Kuldeep, who was killed in a terror attack in Uri, during his funeral in Haryana's Jind district.
The mortal remains of the 27-year-old martyr, who was killed in terror attack by militants who stormed an Army camp in Uri two days back, were consigned to flames today at his native place Kheri Bullah village in Haryana's Jind district.
During which, the rifles of two police constables failed to fire on time, prompting Jind's Deputy Commissioner, Ajit Balaji Joshi to order probe into the incident.
"I came to know that two constables failed to fire... I have sought a report from the police and asked who was the inspector in-charge of the event," Joshi said over phone.
A Jind police official said during the gun salute some rounds of fire "missed".
Heart wrenching scenes were witnessed as the funeral pyre of the martyr was lit by his elder brother Wajir Singh in the presence of family members of the deceased and others including villagers and officials of the district administration.
State honours were accorded to the martyr, whose aged father Mullar Kumar, widow Rekha, carrying the couple's 18-month-old son in her arms, struggled to control their emotions and broke down with family members consoling them.
Among others, wreaths were laid on behalf of the Chief of the Army Staff.
The martyr's father said he had received a call from the Army authorities informing him that his younger son had died in a militant attack.
Kuldeep, who had returned to Uri on November 11 after a three-week leave, was the youngest among his three brothers.
"I am proud of my son, who sacrificed his life for the nation," Mullar said about Kuldeep, who joined the Army in 2008.
Meanwhile, the Armymen of Chetak Corps paid tributes to Lance Naik Sukhwinder Singh at Bathinda Military Station today.
The 31-year-old gallant soldier laid down his life while fighting militants during an encounter at Mahura in Uri Sector in Jammu and Kashmir on December 5.
Wreaths were laid by all the Formation Commanders of Bathinda Military Station.
Lt Gen P M Hariz, General Officer Commanding, Chetak Corps, laid a wreath on behalf of all ranks of Chetak Corps. Wreaths were also laid on behalf of the Chief of the Army Staff, Army Commander, Sapta Shakti Command and Colonel of the Regiment of Artillery.
Sukhwinder's 70-year-old father Harnek Singh said that his son had planned to be home in Bathinda's Sooch village in connection with a wedding on December 12, but fate had something else in store.