28/07/2015 1:25 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Gurdaspur Attack: SP Killed In Terror Strike Is Son Of Policeman Who Died In Hands Of Punjab Militants

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Indian Punjab police personnel take position during an encounter with armed attackers at the police station in Dinanagar town, in the Gurdaspur district of Punjab state on July 27, 2015. Indian security forces were battling an armed attack on a police station near the Pakistan border in which at least five people have been killed. AFP PHOTO/ NARINDER NANU (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

KAPURTHALA, Punjab -- Baljit Singh, the police officer who was killed in the gun-battle with terrorists in Gurdaspur district on Monday, was a son to a policeman who too was killed by militants during the height of militancy in Punjab in 1984.

Seven persons - four civilians and three policemen including Baljit, Superintendent of Police (Detective), were on Monday killed by heavily-armed militants in army uniform who early in the morning stormed a police station.

Baljit had joined the force in 1985 as ASI following the death of his father, Inspector Achhar Singh, who was killed in a road accident masterminded by terrorists a year earlier.

He served as SHO Phagwara and with Vigilance department in Mansa before taking up the post of Deputy Commandant in 7th IRB Battalion.

Gloom descended on Baljit's Santpura-located house as the news of his death in the incident spread and a sizable number of cross-sections of people including top police officials rushed to his house.

Baljit's family members urged SSP Ashish Chaudhary, who had come with the news, not to disclose it to his ailing wife, Kulwant Kaur, who is a heart patient.

Besides his wife, Baljit is survived by a son, Maninder Singh (24), daughters Parminder Kaur (22) and Ravinder Kaur (20).

His body will be brought here on Tuesday for last rites.

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