Heroes from the district who sacrificed their lives defending the nation were remembered during the Republic Day celebrations at Chamundi Vihar Stadium here on Thursday.
The district administration felicitated the mothers of the soldiers who were killed in action to mark the occasion.
Second Lieutenant Ashok Mutagekar was posted in the seventh Granadier Battalion and was serving during the 1971 India-Pakistan conflict. On December 6, 1971, Ashok was taking part in an operation, in which the Indian Army attacked the enemy infantry division at 3 a.m.
The Indian Army came under attack from the enemy Air Force, and Ashok gave excellent backing to his team by opening machine gun fire on the enemy flank. However, he was also seriously injured in the incident and succumbed to his wounds. Second Lt. Ashok Mutagekar was unmarried when he was killed, and hence his mother, Kamalabai Prahalad Rao, received the honours. She was felicitated by the authorities on the occasion. Sepoy N.S. Mahesh of the 10th Madras Battalion was posted in Jammu and Kashmir, and was with the 25th Rashtriya Rifles during an operation in that State. On October 10, 2006, he took part in an operation to nab a few terrorists who had holed up inside a house. In the fierce exchange of fire, Mahesh was killed. His mother, Ratnamma, was felicitated.
Lance Naik Mariyaprakash was attached to the 17th Madras Battalion. He participated in Operation Falcon and was killed on March 2, 2009 while trying to defuse a mine. His mother, Mathaliamma, was honoured on the occasion.
Minister for Medical Education S.A. Ramdas and other elected representatives were present.