April 15, 2013 1:55:12 am
Rasoolan Bibi,wife of Param Vir Chakra awardee Abdul Hamid,was on Sunday given a cheque for Rs 5 lakh by Lieutenant General Anil Chait,Army Commander,Central Command,at a ceremony in Ghazipur.
The ceremony coincided with the receiving of Surya Kiran Torch in the district,a relay run which was flagged off from Bareilly on March 2 as part of Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Central Command.
Apart from Bibi,about 25 other veer naris were felicitated. The aged wife of the soldier,who died fighting in the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965,was also presented with a wheelchair and a solemn promise of a vehicle within a month. Hamid,of Grenadiers 4th battalion,destroyed three Pakistani army tanks at Chima in Khem Karan sector in Punjab on September 10,1965 and was mortally wounded by a shell. He was posthumously awarded Param Vir Chakra,Indias highest military honour,which was received by his wife from the then President of India S Radhakrishnan on the Republic Day function in 1966.
The award ceremony was part of Desh Seva programme,launched by the Central Command on September 18 last year,with the aim of reaching out to ex-servicemen living in far-flung areas under the title Hamare Haath,Aapke Saath.
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Surya Kiran Torch Relay,also a part of the celebrations which culminates on May 1,will arrive in Lucknow on April 28,after covering a distance of 5,200 km,touching 27 cities in seven states.
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