Testing Hall named after late Colonel Vasanth Venugopal

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Bangalore, June 17 (UNI) A Testing Hall at the Selection Centre (South) here was today named after Late Colonel Vasanth Venugopal, Ashok Chakra, who was killed while fighting insurgents in Jammu and Kashmir on July 31-2007 while Commanding 9 Maratha Light Infantry and deployed on the Line of Control in rugged and inaccessible terrain in Uri Sector.

Col Venugopal was awarded Ashok Chakra (Posthumous) for his outstanding bravery, courage and resolute leadership in eliminating a group of eight terrorists before being shot, according to a release from PIB (Defence Wing) here.

Ms Vasanth, at a simple ceremony, unveiled and dedicated the over 50 years old hall in memory of her late husband in the presence of his parents. Mr Venugopal, father of late Colonel Vasanth Venugopal, Ashok Chakra, who was moved by the gesture appreciated the effort put in by the Selection Centre to honour his son.

The Testing Hall, where thousands of Officers of the Defence services have sat for tests is the show - window of Selection Centre and was found to be most suitable and appropriate place to be named in honour of late Colonel Vasanth Venugopal, Ashok Chakra as the Selection Centre South is one of the premier institution which selects officers for Indian Army and Navy.

Major General P K Chakravorty, Commandant, Selection Centre (South) felt that the local war hero should be honoured and given a befitting place of pride in Selection Centre.

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