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Slain BSF Jawan Gurnam Singh's Father Says Better Medical Facilities Could Have Saved His Life

26-year-old Singh was shot during Saturday's attack by Pakistani forces at the international border in J&K.

23/10/2016 10:35 AM IST | Updated 23/10/2016 10:58 AM IST
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Slain BSF soldier Gurnam Singh's father Kulbir.

RS PURA -- With Border Security Force Jawan (BSF) Gurnam Singh succumbing to his injuries on Saturday night after he was shot in cross-border firing, the distraught and crushed family of the slain soldier asserted that he would have been alive if provided with better medical facilities.

The 26 year old soldier was being treated at the Government Medical College and Hospital in Jammu.

Kulbir Singh, father of Gurnam said that had there been a separate hospital for BSF soldiers in RS Pura, proper treatment could have been given to him.

"There is only one government hospital here in Bakshinagar. That is why we demand that there should be separate health care system for BSF soldiers. Had it been installed he could have been given proper treatment," Singh told ANI.

"We all are proud of my brother's sacrifice", said Gurnam's sister Gurjeet Kaur.

Distraught by the loss, the family has demanded from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to construct a special hospital for all the BSF soldiers so that similar case does not repeat in the near future.

"I am proud of my brother's sacrifice. Not only me but my all relatives are proud of him. We all prayed for his recovery but it did not happen. We have only one request to Modi government that a proper health care system be installed for the BSF soldiers like my brother, who was just lying there with his injuries without any attention," said sister of Gurnam Singh.

Gurnam Singh, succumbed to his injuries last night, after he was critically injured in an attack by Pakistani forces at border area in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.

The family of Gurnam Singh, on Saturday demanded that the government take him abroad for better medical treatment to ensure his survival.

The family of Gurnam Singh, on Saturday had demanded that the government take him abroad for better medical treatment to ensure his survival.

"Why is the government is still keeping him in the same hospital? Is there no other hospital in the country? The government can even send him to foreign (country), or a foreign doctor can be called. If ministers can go abroad for their treatment, then why can't army men?" asked Singh's sister, Gurjeet Kaur.

Still unaware about the actual condition of her brother, Kaur said that they had only got a call about the incident on afternoon Friday.

Dr Rajinder Thappa, Chief Medical Officer at the Government Medical College said that the jawan had breathed his last on Saturday night 11: 30 PM

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"His parents wanted him to be shifted to AIIMS for better treatment. We were about to do that yesterday but unfortunately he passed away," Thapa told ANI.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has offered his condolences to the heartbroken family of Gurnam Singh.

"I am saddened by the demise of BSF jawan Gurnam Singh. He has given an example of bravery on the border and gave his life for the nation. I laud the sheer bravery and sacrifice of Gurnam Singhand offer my condolences to his grieving family," Rajnath said in a series of tweets.

Gurnam received a bullet injury to his head on Friday when a Pakistani Ranger fired on his outpost in the Hiranagar area of Jammu.

The BSF launched an aggressive offensive, killing a militant and seven Pakistani Rangers in retaliation.

Gurnam was evacuated immediately to the Jammu Government Medical College where his condition remained critical.

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