A pall of gloom descended on a village in Mathura Wednesday as the family of Lance Naik Hemraj, who was killed by Pakistani troops near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district Tuesday, braced itself to receive his mortal remains
The body of the slain martyr was likely to reach his native village Shernagar, some 60 km from the district headquarters town of Mathura, by late evening.
Lance Naik Hemraj was with the 13th battalion of the Rajputana Rifles. He is survived by his aged mother, wife and three children, an official told IANS.
Additional District Magistrate (ADM) of Mathura Anil Mishra told IANS that there was overwhelming grief and palpable anger in the village after the army headquarters in New Delhi informed the family of Lance Naik Hemraj's death.
Lance Naik Hemraj and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh were killed Tuesday by Pakistan Army soldiers who had intruded across the LoC. Their mutilated bodies were later found by their fellow-soldiers on patrol.
Village head Dharm Singh said the slain soldier had visited his family around three months back to celebrate Diwali with his family.
Remembering him as a brave man, Dharm Singh said that besides financially supporting the family of the soldier the government should also bestow on him Ashok Chakra, the highest peace time award for valour.
Case filed against Asaram Bapu for Delhi gang-rape comments
Days after Asharam Bapu triggered a controversy by commenting against the Delhi gangrape victim, a case has been filed against the spiritual leader in a local court in Bihar for his remarks, media reports said on Wednesday.
According to reports, the court has taken cognisance of it.
Advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha filed the case against the spiritual leader in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) SP Singh.
He filed the case under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), reports said.
Meanwhile, the Delhi gangrape victim's father has criticised Bapu for his comments against his daughter and said the spiritual leader should be 'ashamed' for his remarks.
The victim's father told Headlines Today: "How can he say what he did? He should be ashamed."
"He would know if he had a daughter. Would he tell her to resign herself or beg to hooligans! Being a godman he is spewing venom. People should stone him," he said.
Hina Rabbani Khar 'appalled' at Indian statements
Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar says she is "a bit appalled" at the statements coming in from India.
She added that an internal investigation had established that the Pakistan was not responsible.
"We don't know what else to say. We have completed our investigation. If India doesnt believe in it, we are willing to accept 3rd party enquiry," she was quoted as saying.
Soldiers beheaded after being shot, says Indian Army
The Indian Army said Wednesday that two of its soldiers were first shot dead by Pakistani troops and then beheaded, and one of the heads had not been found.
"The head of one of the soldiers is yet to be recovered," said Brigadier J.K. Tiwari, deputy general officer commanding (GOC) of the 25 Division headquartered in Rajouri, 180 km from here.
He identified the dead soldiers as Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh and Lance Naik Hemraj.
Bodies of jawans being brought to Delhi
The bodies of two jawans who were brutally killed by Pakistan troops were being flown to Delhi.
Wrapped in the tri-colour, the bodies of Lance Naik Hemraj (29) and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh (28), who laid down their lives while fighting Pakistani troop during a raid by 29 Baloch Regiment, were brought to Rajouri from the forward post in Poonch district today. Read more
Jharkhand Governor recommends President's rule
Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmed is understood to have recommended President's rule in the state by keeping the Assembly under suspended animation.
The recommendation was made in his report to the Centre on the political situation in the wake of the resignation of Chief Minister Arjun Munda who also sought dissolution of the Assembly after JMM withdrew support to his Government, sources said.
They would otherwise not come to know of the developments and this might weaken the people's anger, and the agitation going on against the rape and demands for a strict anti-rape law, her family said.
According to television reports, MIM supporters attacked media vans in Adilabad, where a shutdown is being observed on Wednesday.
The MIM had called for a shutdown in Adilabad and Nizamabad districts in Andhra Pradesh following the arrest of Akbaruddin Owaisi on Tuesday.