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Hundreds brave rain to pay tribute to Kargil martyrs

Around 400 people including students,civilians and retired army officers commemorated the Kargil Vijay Diwas at the National War Memorial in Morwada Junction braving the rain on Monday evening.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
July 27, 2009 2:16:21 am

Around 400 people including students,civilians and retired army officers commemorated the Kargil Vijay Diwas at the National War Memorial in Morwada Junction braving the rain on Monday evening.

The seniormost defence officers in Pune — Air Chief Marshal H Mulgaonkar (retd) and Admiral Jayant Nadkarni (retd)— placed wreaths at the memorial.

Lt General H M Khanna (retd),who commanded the Northern Operations during the Kargil War,also laid a wreath at the memorial,while Brigadier Rajbir Singh,commander of the Pune Sub area laid the wreath on behalf of the Army Commander,General Officer Commanding in Chief (GOC-in-C),Southern Command. Industrialist Arun Firodia,actor Mohan Agashe and civic activist Satish Mehendale represented the civilians.

“We are touched by this tribute paid by the citizens of Pune who have gathered here despite the rainy weather. If the weather had been better,many more would have come,” said Air Marshal A K Trikha (retd).

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Veer Chakra recipient Col Sadanand Salunke (retd),formerly with the Maratha regiment,was present. His son now posted in Sikkim had participated in the Kargil War. “We are pleased with this gesture,” he said.

“Pune has shown the way in commemorating the martyrs and honouring their contribution,” said industrialist Lila Poonawala.

A senior retired defence officer said the country ought to pay homage to martyrs of all wars. “We ought to mark one day in a year to commemorate all soldiers who have lost their lives in battle,” he said.

“Every day we have soldiers dying for the country,but public memory is short. This is seen even in the (poor) participation of government (officials from the district administration) in the Vijay Diwas event,” said retired Col. Kuldeep Sawhney.

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