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Centre allots petrol pump to war widow

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Bangalore, Aug 25 (UNI) Honouring the sacrifice made by an army officer for his motherland, the Union Government has allotted a petrol pump to his widow in the city.

Brigadier Clement Samuel, Commander of Karnataka and Kerala Sub Area, today inaugurated the Petrol Pump allotted to Ms Padma, the widow of Major Sangli.

The 10,800 sq ft plot, on which the petrol pump had been built, had been identified as a civic amenity site by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) and was allotted free of cost to Ms Sangli, an official release here said.

Major Ashok Sangli had laid down his life on November 21, 2001, while defending the territorial integrity of the country in Jammu and Kashmir. On the fateful, he was leading a patrol of the 27 Rashtriya Rifles in the Kaka Hills in Surrankote sector of Poonch District in Jammu and Kashmir, when his patrol was ambushed by terrorists.

The ensuing encounter was a major one involving a gang of about 20 heavily armed terrorists and lasted for more than 24 hours.

While charging forward to break the ambush, Major Sangli fell to the hail of bullets, not before gunning down some militants. Ten other soldiers had also lost their lives in the encounter.

Born on August 15, 1963 at Bengeri in Hubli, Major Sangli was the youngest of the seven siblings of late Kallapa Basappa Sangli, a traffic inspector of the Indian Railways, and Mrs Parthavva.

Major Sangli had been commissioned into the 17 Maratha Light Infantry through the Officers Training Academy in Chennai in September 1987. Soon after being commissioned, he was sent to join the Indian Peace Keeping Force operations in Sri Lanka where he was deployed till 1988. From 1995 to 96 he was posted at Kupwara in Kashmir valley and was the Adjutant of the Army School of Mechanical Transport in Bangalore from 1997 to 1999, the release added.

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