Kathua: An eerie silence on Saturday prevailed at Bobiya village in Jammu and Kashmir`s Kathua district as hundreds of people quietly lined up to the crematorium to bid a tearful adieu to ITBP inspector Bhim Singh, who was killed in a chopper crash while rescuing stranded people in flood-hit Uttarakhand.
People from Bobiya and its adjoining areas gathered at the crematorium as the mortal remains of the braveheart were consigned to flames.
Bhim Singh was among 20 personnel, including five other ITBP policemen, killed in the helicopter crash on Tuesday.
His body reached Jammu Airport at around 7:00 pm on Friday and from there it was taken to his native village by road. Singh is survived by his wife Renu, two daughters and a son.
"I was also on duty in Gauri Kund area. It was difficult to work in such circumstances. Hundreds of bodies were lying around. We had to work in tough atmosphere to save the lives of the people," recalled Bhim Singh`s colleague inspector Manoj Kumar.
Paying tributes to the ITBP soldier, MLC Subash Gupta said, "He has made all of us proud." Five Air Force, six ITBP and nine NDRF personnel was killed in the helicopter crash.