The White Knight Corps issued a clarification in response to the social media outrage surrounding the funeral arrangements for Agniveer Amritpal Singh, who tragically passed away while serving in the Poonch region of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).
Amritpal Singh, a dedicated Agniveer hailing from Mansa, Punjab, had only recently commenced his service in the region just a month prior. On October 10, his life was abruptly cut short when he was discovered deceased with a gunshot wound to his head. His last rites were conducted solemnly in his hometown on Friday, October 13.
The absence of a guard of honour or a military funeral for Amritpal Singh sparked controversy on social media platforms, prompting the White Knight Corps to issue a statement.
In the statement posted on X (formerly Twitter), the White Knight Corps conveyed, “In an unfortunate incident, Agniveer Amritpal Singh died while on sentry duty in Rajouri Sector, due to a self-inflicted gunshot injury. A Court of Inquiry to ascertain more details is currently in progress.”
The statement further explained, “Mortal remains of the deceased, accompanied by one Junior Commissioned Officer and four Other Ranks, were transported in a Civil Ambulance hired by the Unit of the Agniveer. Accompanying Army personnel also attended the last rites.”
Addressing the concerns regarding the absence of military funeral honors, the White Knight Corps clarified, “The cause of death being a self-inflicted injury, no guard of honour or military funeral was provided, in accordance with the existing policy.”
The statement concluded by expressing the Indian Army’s deepest condolences to the bereaved family, emphasizing the military’s commitment to supporting and honouring its personnel while adhering to established procedures.