Army Chief pays homage to mar­tyrs


On the oc­ca­sion of the 15th an­niver­sary of ‘Op­er­a­tion Vi­jay Diwas’, Gen­eral Bikram Singh, COAS ar­rived at Dras on July 25. The Army Chief was re­ceived by Lt Gen­eral D.S. Hooda, Army Com­man­der, North­ern Com­mand and Lt Gen­eral B.S. Negi, GOC, 14 Corps.

The visit started with a solemn wreath lay­ing cer­e­mony at the war memo­rial by the Army Chief. Gen­eral Bikram Singh also in­ter­acted with the ‘next of kin’ of the mar­tyrs, Veer Naris and the gal­lantry award win­ners. In the somber mood at the event, all present re­mem­bered the losses borne proudly by the fam­i­lies of those who sac­ri­ficed their sons, hus­bands or broth­ers in the Kargil War in 1999.

Ad­dress­ing the me­dia, the COAS com­pli­mented them for their pa­tri­otic fer­vor and thanked them for cov­er­ing the Kargil Vi­jay Diwas cel­e­bra­tions year af­ter year. He stated that pay­ing homage to the mar­tyrs who laid down their life for the na­tion’s cause was the most be­fit­ting way for him to mark the cul­mi­na­tion of his ca­reer in the Army. The chief stated that our de­fence pre­pared­ness is much bet­ter to­day than it was 15 years ago. He as­sured the na­tion that the In­dian Army is fully ca­pa­ble of safe­guard­ing the na­tion’s sovereignty and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity.

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