Srinagar, Oct 27 (UNI) Troops deployed in the Kashmir valley today organised a number of functions to celebrate the ''Infantry Day'', in connection with the landing of first Indian soldier at Srinagar airport on this day in 1947 to push out the Pakistani intruders who had reached Narbal, after crossing over to this side from across the border from Uri sector.
On this historic day sixty-one years ago, troops of 1 SIKH landed at the Srinagar airfield and protected the capital city from falling into the hands of Kabale infiltrators.
Subsequently, the town of Baramulla and Uri were also cleared from the clutches of the raiders.
Infantry day is celebrated all over the country to commemorate the heroic deeds and sacrifices of Indian infantry soldiers in protecting the valley.
A function was today organised at Badami Bagh Cantonment area where Lt General Mukesh Sabarwal, GOC, 15 Crops laid wreath at the war memorial this morning.
Remembering the soldiers who laid down their lives for the country, he said the first Indian soldier arrived here on this day in 1947 when Kabalies from Pakistan entered the Kashmir valley.
A senior army officer said any army would be proud of the enviable reputation enjoyed by its foremost fighting arm and in the Indian Army, the infantry has earned for it.
Modernization of infantry has been given thrust in a big way, he said adding that a large number of state-of-the art weapons, surveillance devices and communication equipment have been inducted into the infantry.
He said the Indian infantry is one of the most battle hardened and combat rich forces in the world. Despite these technological developments, the barometer of victory is measured still in terms of physical capture or denial of ground which is unimaginable without Infantry.
Similar functions were organised at different parts of the valley.
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