Drass to revisit Kargil victory

Set in the backdrop of a chain of snow-capped mountains, the garrison town will see a string of events which will be attended by families of gallantry award winners and senior army officials.

Army and Air Force personnel will be heli-dropped on the captured peaks, which will be lighted during the night.

Photo exhibition, beating retreat and felicitation of war awardees will be the other highlights of the programme to be held in Drass and Kargil areas of the Ladakh region.

“During the celebrations, 16 events will take place in Drass and Kargil areas which witnessed 1999 Kargil war,” a senior army officer said.

Kargil, which had become a ‘ghost town’ during the war and shelling by Pakistan, has turned into an open art gallery that showcases the valour and exemplary courage of jawans and officers.

As many as 533 jawans and officers sacrificed their lives while re-capturing 13 hill points from Pakistani troops, the officer said.

“We have come to see where my son Captain Neikezhakuo, who was awarded Mahavir Chakra, achieved martyrdom,” the soldier’s father Neiselie Kenguriise said.

Kenguriise and Dinuo’s son died fighting Pakistani forces at Tololink in the Kargil sector.
Army will honour its personnel who participated in the war and their families, war widows and its units, the official said.

Soldiers and those who fought the Pakistan forces had been awarded four Param Vir Chakras, 10 Mahavir Chakras, 72 Vir Chakras.

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