New Delhi: Army Chief General Bikram Singh on Wednesday met family of slain Indian soldier Lance Naik Hemraj’s family.  Army Chief saluted the martyr who was killed by Pakistani soldiers along the LoC in Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir on January 8.

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Paying homage to martyr, Army Chief said that he came to Hemraj's village as an expression of solidarity and concern and will fulfill all the wishes of Hemraj.

“We respect the sacrifice of our great soldier”, said Army Chief on Hemraj’s killing. Army Chief met the martyr’s kin two days after Hemraj’s wife had broken her fast demanding bringing her husband’s head back to the country.

On Pakistan’s allegation of killing its soldier in an ‘unprovoked firing’, Army Chief said that investigations are going on in the matter, but our soldiers did not cross LoC. We respect human rights, added the Army Chief.
Gen Singh had on Monday said he would visit the home of Hemraj, whose family had gone on a six-day fast demanding that his head be brought back from Pakistan.
"I will go there after the Army Day is over. There is no problem in it," the Army Chief had said addressing the annual Army Day press conference on Monday.
Hemraj's wife and mother had refused to end their fast demanding that the Army Chief must visit their house and assure them that his severed head will be brought back.
Hemraj and Sudhakar Singh were killed by Pakistani troops on January 8 in Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan Army regulars took away the head of Hemraj as trophy and also mutilated the body of the other soldier.
Gen Singh had also said the Pakistan Army should be pressurised to return the Hemraj's head.
"I think we should pressurise them nationally and internationally as part of our national element so that they are made accountable and they are made to return the head of our soldier which they have taken away," Singh had said.
"It will be taken up at the government level and you will have to appreciate that this has to be done through diplomatic channels," he had said.


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