Chandigarh: Mortal remains of Milkha Singh cremated with full state honours
The mortal remains of Indian sprint legend, flying Sikh, Milkha Singh were cremated with full state honours in Chandigarh this evening.
He had left for heavenly abode due to COVID 19 complications last night at PGIMER Chandigarh. He was 91 year old.
Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, Punjab Sports Minister Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi, Rajya Sabha Member Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, the officers of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh Administration, eminent athletes / sportspersons and others paid tributes to him before the funeral procession was taken to the cremation ground.
A number of dignitaries including Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju joined the last rites at cremation ground and paid their last respects to the legendary athlete.
The son of Milkha Singh, Jeev Milkha Singh lit the pyre. The contingent of Punjab Police paid respect to Milkha Singh by reversing their arms when he was consigned to flames.
AIR correspondent reports, the Punjab Government observed one day state mourning as a mark of respect to the departed soul.
The Padma Shri awardee is survived by his golfer son Jeev Milkha Singh and three daughters.
His wife Nirmal Kaur lost her life recently to the Corona virus infection.
Honorary Captain Milkha Singh was an Indian track and field sprinter who was introduced to the sport while serving in the Indian Army.
He was the only athlete to win gold in 400 metres race at the Asian Games as well as the Commonwealth Games.
He also won gold medals in the 1958 and 1962 Asian Games.
In an exclusive interview with Prasar Bharati, Milkha Singh had shared his memories of equalling the record of the Melbourne Olympic Gold medalist:
The Flying Sikh represented India in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome and the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
He was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour, in recognition of his sporting achievements.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and many other dignitaries have expressed grief over the demise of sporting icon.
Punjab Governor and Administrator of Chandigarh V P Singh Badnore paying tributes to Milkha Singh said, his contributions in the field of sports will be remembered forever.
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh has announced a Milkha Singh chair at post University Patiala in the memory of great athlete.