Tributes paid to those who laid down their lives in India-Pakistan war

To mark ‘Vijay Diwas’, former officers and ex-servicemen from the defence forces, police officers, and their family members, offered tributes in remembrance of the soldiers who laid down their lives for the nation in the India-Pakistan war of 1971, in the city on Sunday. The remembrance was held at War Memorial in Kadri Hills.

Nitteguthu Sharath Bhandary, President, Dakshina Kannada District Ex-servicemen Association, told presspersons that of those who had laid down their lives in the war, four were given Param Vir Chakras.

They were: Lance Naik Albert Ekka from 14 Guards, Second Lieutenant Arun Khetrapal from 14 Horse, Flying Officer Nirmal Singh Sekhon from 18th Squadron, Indian Air Force and Major Hoshiar Singh from 3 Grenadiers. Of the four, the first three got the recognition posthumously.

The association has 1,000 members. The association is organising various activities in schools to raise awareness of the armed forces. “There is very low awareness of the armed forces among people in Dakshina Kannada,” he said.

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