Tezpur: Tezpur-based Gajraj Corps celebrated the Vijay Diwas to commemorate the decisive victory attained 48 years back on December 16 over Pakistan and subsequently resulted in the birth of Bangladesh. In the 1971 campaign, the Gajraj Corps, under the dynamic leadership of GOC Lt Gen Sagat Singh, played a central role by launching an extremely daring thrust from the east towards Dacca. The war not only resulted in the liberation of Bangladesh but also led to over 93,000 Pakistani soldiers surrendering to the Indian Army. This was the largest surrender in terms of numbers, post-2nd World War.
To mark the occasion, a solemn function was held in the Corps Headquarters. GOC Lt Gen Manoj Pande paid homage to the fallen bravehearts and laid the wreath at the War Memorial on behalf of all ranks of the Corps. The event was attended by the officers, JCO’s and other ranks of the Corps Headquarter and the veteran fraternity. In his address, the GOC recollected the brave deeds of their worthy predecessors and exhorted all present to emulate their brave deeds.
BSF, BGB greetings at BOPs: On the occasion of Vijay Diwas, the BSF and the Bangladesh Border Guards (BGB) exchanged greetings at Border Outposts along the international border in Meghalaya.
The border guarding forces paid floral tributes at the War Memorial in Kilapara. The War Memorial at Kilapara, in West Garo Hills, marks the importance of the 1971 war fought on the eastern front where the BOP was being guarded by the BSF and it was the valiant action on part of the brave jawans that denied the Pakistan troops, the strategic control over the Dalu-Tura road. Special tribute was paid to late BS Tyagi, Commandant (retd) BSF, who exhibited exemplary courage while taking on the Pakistan Army during the 1971 War.
IG BSF, Kuldeep Saini, while interacting with the troops remembered the sacrifices made by BSF personnel who fought till their last breath in defending the country.