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July 5, 1999
Jalandhar proud of its upright major
The death of Major Kanwal Gulzar Singh of 32 Rasthriya Rifles in the Kupwara area of Jammu and Kashmir in an ambush by terrorists has plunged Jalandhar's Vivek Vihar colony in grief as his old parents wait in stony silence for the mortal remains of their elder son.
His father Major Kartar Singh (retired), surrounded by mourners at his residence, said he was proud that his son made the supreme sacrifice while defending the nation. Also son of a soldier, Major Kartar Singh said, ''I am proud of my upright son.''
Major Paramjit Singh, the martyr's younger brother, said Major Kanwal Gulzar Singh was on deputation with Rashtriya Rifles from his original Gorkha Battalion.
The 39-year-old martyr is survived by his wife Ajit Kaur, four-year-old daughter Dimple and 10-year-old son Akashdeep Singh.
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president Jagir Kaur, who is related to the family, and Punjab Health Minister Manoranjan Kalia and Deputy Commissioner Som Parkash were among the large number of mourners who had visited the family.
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