Hindustan Times (Jammu)

Homage paid to martyrs at Siachen memorial

- Ravi Krishnan Khajuria ravi.khajuria@htlive.com

The Indian Army observed Siachen Day, to commemorat­e the unfurling of the Tricolour at Bilafond La in 1984, in Ladakh at the world’s highest battlefiel­d on Tuesday.

Defence spokespers­on lieutenant colonel Emron Musavi said, “Siachen Warriors celebrated the 37th Siachen Day with tremendous zeal and enthusiasm. Brigadier Gurpal Singh laid a wreath on behalf of general officer commanding of the Fire and Fury Corps and paid homage to martyrs at Siachen war memorial base camp to commemorat­e their courage and fortitude in securing the highest and coldest battlefiel­d of the world.”

White Knight Corps paid tributes to martyrs on Rajouri Day, the historical day when the Indian army and locals regained the region from the possession of Pakistani intruders.

Pakistani Intruders had captured Rajouri in early 1947. On April 12, 1948, troops of 1 Kumaon along with tanks of Central India Horse ( CIH) and 5 & 30 Mountain Batteries advanced from Chingus for the liberation of Rajouri and liberated it from intruders on April 13, 1948. On this day, homage is paid to the 2nd Lt RR Rane of 37 Assault Field Company, which was responsibl­e for clearing the road from Naushera to Rajouri.

The next of kin of the martyred soldiers were felicitate­d on the occasion.

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