Homage was paid to Sepoy Pandurang Salunke by the residents of the Army Co-Op Housing Society,in Salunke Vihar,to mark his 30th Martyrdom Day on Tuesday. Sepoy Pandurang Salunke,belonging to the 15th battalion of the Maratha Light Infantry,had laid his life for the nation while fighting the Pakistani forces in the 1971 Indo-Pak war.
Salunkhe was awarded with Mahaveer Chakra posthumously for his exceptional bravery in the war. Salunke,who hailed from village Mane-Rajuri in Sangli District of Maharashtra,was just 22 years of age when he lost his life. Deployed in Punjabs Amritsar Sector,his battalion was tasked to liberate areas captured by the Pakistan Army. On the night of December 5 and 6,1971,his unit advanced to attack the Pakistani troops,holding on to our area,and destroyed some anti-tank weapons used by the Pakistanis to stop the Indian advance. Salunke,who was hit by a Pakistani snippers fire,laid his life for the nation. For this brave act,Salunke was posthumously honoured with the Mahaveer Chakra. This day is commemorated every year at the Army Welfare Co-operative Housing Society,Salunke Vihar, read a press release issued by society.
A Guard Of Honour was presented by the personnel of the Bombay Sappers of Khadki. Wreaths were laid on the statue of Veer Pandurang Salunke by Major General D R Dutt,who was the Chief Guest. Brig S A Deshpande the chairman of the Society,Tanaji Lonkar,corporator of Kondhwa,Colonel S D K Patil of Maratha Light Infantry and war widows of 1971 war,also offered floral tributes. The programme was organised by Lt Col B C Joglekar with active assistance from ex-Subedar Sampatrao Dighe and ex-Havaldar Jaywantrao Adhikari.