Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan here on Sunday said that the ‘Run for Martyrs’ half marathon organised by the Border Security Force (BSF) is a unique way to pay rich tribute to the martyrs.

Pradhan flagged off the half marathon at the Kalinga Stadium in the Capital city today morning.

While talking to media, the minister said the half marathon is unique as even children, women and differently abled participated it.

“The marathon demonstrates the spirit of the people and proves the respect they have towards the police and paramilitary forces who sacrifice their lives for the country.

Besides, it is increasing interest among people for sports in Bhubaneswar,” said Pradhan.

“We organised the marathon to pay homage to the martyrs. We will try to organise the event every year,” said BSF IG AK Singh.

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The marathon organised by the BSF to honour the martyrs is a highly praiseworthy initiative, said DGP Odisha Police RP Sharma.

“BSF has played an important role in curbing Maoists menace, especially in Odisha. People participating in such a huge number to pay homage shows the respect they have for policemen,” Sharma added.

The half marathon event for men, women and children under 21 km, 10 km and 5 km categories was organised today as a part of BSF’s countrywide initiative to remember martyrs.