Army remembers 1947 martyrs who fought against Pak invaders

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Srinagar, Nov 3 (UNI) The Army today remembered the martyrs of 1947 who fought a gallant battle against heavy odds and foiled the attempt of Pakistani invaders to reach Srinagar airfield.

It was on this historic day in 1947, the invaders from Pakistan were defeated by one and four Kumaon and one Punjab who were marching to capture the airfield.

Major Somnath Sharma and his men, who were outnumbered by the enemy at central Kashmir district of Badgam, fought a brave battle and foiled the Pak invaders attempt to reach the airfield where Indian Airforce planes had landed.

During the operation, Major Sharma attained martyrdom and was awarded the first Param Vir Chakra (PVC) in the post-independence.

A defence ministry spokesman said this day was being celebrated as ''Badgam Day'' ever year to commemorate the great saga of sacrifices and valour towards call of duty by Indian Army.

A solemn wreath laying ceremony was held at Badgam as a mark of respect to the gallant soldiers who laid down their lives defending the nation.

Mr H H Tayabji, Advisor to the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, paid tributes to martyrs by laying a wreath at the War Memorial, Badgam. Also present on this occasion were Maj Gen Kishan Singh, General Officer Commanding, Victor Force, Brig Ajay Kumar, SM, Commander, 12 Sector Rashtriya Rifles and other seniors, civil and Police officials.

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