Thousands of people today bid a tearful adieu to Lance Naik Ranjit Singh and Rifleman Satish Bhagat who were killed in Pakistani firing in Keran sector of Kashmir two days back.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti joined the Army in Srinagar this morning in paying tribute to the two soldiers who hailed from the state.
Later in the day, the mortal remains of Singh and Bhagat were cremated with full military honours in their native hamlets of Burn and Gurhasingha of Jammu district.
Besides their families and friends, thousands of people of the twin hamlets attended their funerals.
Ranjit Singh and Bhagat, who were deployed at a forward post in Keran sector in Kupwara, had suffered bullet wounds in Pakistani firing on Wednesday.
When their bodies, draped in the tricolour, were brought to their native places for the last rites, a pall of gloom descended on the localities on the outskirts of Jammu city.
Their mortal remains were flown from Srinagar to here by a special IAF helicopter.
Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta, Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh, Minister Bali Bhagat laid wreaths on their bodies.
Singh, 32, had joined the Army in 2003 and is survived by wife and twochildren.
Hailing from Gurhasinghu village, Bhagat was only 22 years old and had donned the uniform in 2015. He left behind hisparents.