Berhampur, July 26 (LocalWire): The villagers of Kamalapur and Jagadalpur in Ganjam district today paid homage to the martyred soldiers observing Vijay Diwas on the 20th anniversary of Kargil war in 1999.
S Srinibash Patra of Jagadalpur and M Krishna Rao from Hatipadu, near Kamalapur had made the supreme sacrifice during Kargil war, which ended on 26 July, 1999.
A function was held at Jagadalapur, where several villagers, students and president of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Multi Purpose Association Ram Kumar Patra, paid their respect to the martyred soldiers.
Similarly, in Kamalapur, several ex-servicemen, war widows and their families attended a small function to mark the day.
While they remembered the supreme sacrifice made by the defence personnel in Kargil war, they also recalled the heroic action of Patra and Rao in the war. The villagers have made statues of Krishan and Srinibash in their respective villages.
‘We have been observing the Kargil Vijay Diwas every year here to remember our war heroes since the Kargil war ended,’ said the president of ex-servicemen association, Kamalapur A Purushottam.
By the time the war ended, Indian defence forces had lost 527 men and another 1363 were wounded.
At least 13 Oriya defence persons had also lost their lives in the Kargil war.
Some of them were from Ganjam district. Besides Patra and Rao, Ashok Kumar Nahak of Sipakuda, had also sacrificed his life in the war.
‘We celebrate Vijay Diwas to encourage the youngsters to join the Indian Army to serve the country,’ said president, ex-servicemen association Berhampur LK Achary.