TIRUCHI: Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam paid tributes at the memorial of Major Mariappan Saravanan, the ‘Hero of Batalik’ who embraced martyrdom during the Kargil War, here on Monday.

Dr. Kalam, who was here to attend functions at the St. Joseph’s College and Cauvery College, made a brief stopover at the memorial raised in memory of Major Saravanan near Vestry School circle.

Accompanied by St. Joseph’s College Principal Rev.Fr. R. Rajarathinam and the family members of the late Major, Dr. Kalam placed a wreath at the memorial, and read out a poetry in Tamil eulogising the supreme sacrifice.