Tributes paid to 1971 martyrs on Vijay Diwas

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Kolkata, Dec 16: The West Bengal government today celebrated Vijay Diwas by paying tributes to the martyrs of the 1971 Bangladesh War of Independence.

Floral wreaths were laid by Lt Gen K S Jamwal, GoC of the Eastern Command, and other senior Army personnel, amid military command, at the Vijay Smarak in Fort William, commemorating the brave deeds of Army Chief General SHFJ Manekshaw and GoC Eastern Command Jagjit Singh Aurora in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, a release were today said.

Speaking on the occasion, Lt K S Jamwal said there had been no changes in India's relations with China and both nations were maintaining tranquility and cordiality.

Exchange of delegations and joint military exercises were on with the neighbouring country, he added.

Regarding the ULFA's activities in Myanmar, Lt Gen Jamwal said the country's rulers had assured complete cooperation.

On the issue of the Darjeeling unrest, he said the Army was apolitical and not involved in local issues. However, when called upon, they would come to the rescue.

Speaking about the recent violent outburst in Kolkata when the Army was called in, Lt Gen Jamwal said the Army was always ''people-friendly''.

''We are trying to build up the confidence of the people and not to scare them,'' he said.

Lt Gen Jamwal greeted everyone on the historic occasion of Vijay Diwas.

UNI

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