M S Nazki
Poonch, April 28: The Bhimber Gali Brigade and the local population of Mendhar got together to commemorate the supreme sacrifice made by the civilians while assisting the Army on the war front during the 1965 Indo-Pak conflict.
In a statement issued here a senior defence official said that, the annual ‘Shahidi Diwas’ at Mendhar marks the recognition and gratitude of the Army and civilians who laid down their lives in the service to the nation as well as the continued commitment of the civilian population to work hand in hand with the Army.
The observations included wreath laying at the Shahid Smarak by the chief guest, Commander 120 BG Bridage, Bridager H S SAHI (SM) followed by presentation of ‘patriotic songs’ by school children and citizens of the town.
Officating CO, 21 Punjab, Major Sunil Yadu (SC) while addressing the gathering, saluted the indomitable courage of these martyrs and impressed upon the public to emulate the rich and gallant legacy left behind by these patriots.
The programme ended with presentation of gifts to next of kins of the martyrs by the Commander. This event was attended by officers of the District and Tehsil administration including Tehsildar Mendhar, 120 BG Bridage Depty Commander Col Charngeet Manju, CO 37RR Col Ramneek Singh. Tehsildar Mendhar Salam Din, SDPO Mendhar, Shahied Nayeem, local Congress leader, Zaffer Ulla Azad, M S Nazki, president, Press Council of Mendhar Poonch and other prominent citizens, the statement added.