Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag posted a picture on Instagram of Late Milkha Singh holding a photo of her wife Nirmal Kaur who passed away 5 days ago. He wrote a caption “His Wife’s photo is in his hand during his last journey. He sprinted to be with his beloved Nirmal Kaur Ji. Love and light, a life well lived.”
Milkha Singh, the legendary sprinter, was cremated with full state honours on Saturday, marking the end of an era in which his groundbreaking achievements on the track galvanized a newly independent India. Milkha, who was 91 years old, was given a sorrowful farewell by his family and several dignitaries, including Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. On Friday night, ‘The Flying Sikh,’ as he was affectionately known, died of COVID-19-related complications. Jeev Milkha Singh, his son, ignited the cremation pyre.
Other dignitaries who attended the last rituals included Punjab Governor and Chandigarh Administrator V P Singh Badnore, Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, and Haryana Sports Minister Sandeep Singh. Prof Jagat Ram, the Director of the PGIMER, where Milkha was a student was also present.
In honour of the sprinter, a police unit switched weapons and rang the final bell. A gun salute was also delivered to Milkha. As a mark of respect for the legend, the Punjab government proclaimed a one-day state mourning and holiday.
A wreath was also laid on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s behalf earlier. Wreaths were also laid on the Army’s behalf.
Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said that Milkha Singh would be given a state funeral by the Punjab government. The funeral procession began at Milkha’s home in Sector 8. Ordinary people lined up along the short walk to the Sector 25 cremation cemetery to pay their respects to the legend, whose remains were brought in a bedecked truck.