Remembering the brave heroes of Kargil War, Manipur observed the KARGIL VIJAY DIWAS at the banquet hall of the 1st Manipur Rifles today. Speaking at the function, Minister for Agriculture, V.Hangkhanlian said that during the 74 days long Kargil War, 527 Indian soldiers bravely lost their lives during the war. On this occasion, we feel proud for the selfless sacrifices and courage of our soldiers who fought tirelessly for the country, he said. V.Hangkhalian recollected that after the Pakistani Army and the terrorists breached the Line of Control (LOC), the Indian Army retaliated with OPERATION VIJAY in 1999. Paying homage to the valor of the soldiers, he said that such supreme sacrifices should not be forgotten. While delivering his speech, Minister for Forest and Environment Th.Shyamkumar said that we should not forget the courage and valor of our soldiers to uphold the sovereignty and integrity of the country. He mentioned that on such occasion, we remember our martyrs, by revisiting the sacrifices and instilling prides and respect among us. Minister appealed to the people of the state to fight collectively against terrorism and external forces. Minister for education Th.Radheshyam, MLA of Sekmai assembly constituency H.Dingo, chief secretary, DGP of Manipur Police, top civil and police officials attended the function.
On the other hand, 26 Assam Rifles, Thoubal Post organised Know Your Army Mela to commemorate 20th anniversary of the Kargil Vijay Diwas at Sofia English School, Thoubal. Around 800 students of the School, Francis Academy, Brilliant Academy, Evergreen Flower School, New Era Hr Secondary, Wisdom Foundation and other schools of Thoubal attended the function. Motivational talks with Equipment & Weapon display were the main highlights of the event. The Principle and Staff of the schools thanked the battalion for such an educative gesture and wished Assam Rifles good luck for future endeavours.