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Jan 14, 2013 at 10:47am IST

Health of wife of soldier killed by Pakistani troops remains a concern

Mathura: The family of slain Indian soldier Lance Naik Hemraj Singh is on a hunger strike demanding that the government brings back the remains of the martyr. The health of his wife remains a cause of worry as she has been on a fast for four days and has been put on drip.

"Her BP and pulse are fine. But she hasn't eaten or drunk anything for three days and this is a cause for worry," said Dr Pradeep Kumar Gupta, the doctor treating her said.

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An ambulance is being placed on standby after attempts to convince her to break her fast failed. Angry villagers have questioned Uttar Pradesh government's non-attendance at the slain soldier's funeral even while the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister was present at the cremation of the other slain soldier Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh.

Lance Naik Singh's family wants the Indian government to take action. "We don't want money, we want Hemraj's head returned to us. Why is India playing cricket with Pakistan? We can't have friendship and enmity at the same time. Why doesn't India take action," questioned Singh's relative Bhagwan Singh.

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Lance Naik Hemraj Singh and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh were killed on the border in Poonch last week, an attack which has resulted in the outbreak of one of the worst violence across the India-Pakistan border since the two neighbours declared ceasefire.

The family cremated the body of the martyred soldier on Saturday, but his wife and mother have said they will not rest till they get back all his remains along with his severed head. The soldier's village is tense with angry residents asking the government to give a befitting reply to Pakistan.