The martyr's family members were inconsolable as Hardeep, the elder brother of 25-year-old Gursewak, lit the funeral pyre. Rich tributes were paid to the martyr who was also accorded a gun salute. Earlier as the final journey of the martyr, who got married in November last year, began for the cremation ground, Gursewak's mother Amrik Kaur fainted several times while his widow Jaspreet Kaur was inconsolable.

The tales of the martyr's valour were being discussed among the villagers as the funeral pyre was lit. "He will be remembered for his exemplary valour as he kept fighting even after being hit by a burst of gunfire at Pathankot Air Base," said Malkit Singh, a local resident.

In the morning, as the the body, wrapped in a tricolour reached his native village, a large number of people, besides Haryana Ministers Anil Vij and Abhimanyu were present.

Senior officers from the Air Force, besides personnel from the army, police and civil administration were also present. Gursewak, whose icon was legendary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, had joined Indian Air Force about six years ago after completing his graduation and had got married on November 18.

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