Bhubaneswar: On the occasion of 21st anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas, Odisha today saluted the valour and grit of Indian soldiers while remembering some of the bravehearts from the State who had also displayed a great deal of bravery in the line of duty and fought selflessly.
While some of them made supreme sacrifice fighting for the motherland, many returned to the State with grave injuries.
Gopinath Moharana of Janardanpur village under Nischintakoili block in Cuttack district attained martyrdom in the Kargil war at the age of 23.
Remembering Moharana’s last visit to village, his mother Jhumuri said, "I visit to my son’s statue everyday and recall his bravery. I am proud of my son."
Remembering Gangaram Das, another martyred from Harida village in Balasore, members of Gangaram Smruti Committee on Sunday organised a prayer meeting to pay tributes to the brave son of the soil.
“Martyr Gangaram’s sacrifice will be remembered forever. We have been demanding to name the road connecting Kuruda and Mathasahi after Gangaram, but the district administration is yet to pay heed to our demand,” said Sushant Kumar Parida, a local.
Villagers of Panguda village under Chandbali block in Bhadrak also remembered the bravery and extreme sacrifice of Niranjan Behera and paid tribute to him.
“Niranjan will remain in our hearts forever. He has made our village and the State proud,” said Biswakeshari Mohanty, a local.
The Indian armed forces had defeated Pakistan on July 26, 1999. Since then, the country celebrates the day as Kargil Vijay Diwas to rekindle the pride and valour of the brave soldiers who took part in 'Operation Vijay'.
A total of 527 Indian soldiers lost their lives in the Operation which lasted for more than two months.
(Edited By Pradeep Singh)