J&K Terror Attack: Tributes Paid To Martyrs In ‘Patha Utsav’

**Bhubaneswar:** Capital city denizens paid tributes to the martyred jawans of Pulwama attack in the weekly ‘Patha Utsav’ event that was held early today morning in Janpath. Standing together in solidarity, people observed a solemn prayer along with two-minute silence for the departed souls.

Patriotic songs were sung as a mark of respect for the jawans and the bereft kin. The solemn event was also attended by Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Panda and other dignitaries. The 1.5 km stretch of Janpath from Master Canteen to Ram Mandir Square on the 79th Patha Utsav celebration remained soaked with the spirit of national integration and nationalism as the citizens.

Secretary Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) and Nodal Officer of Patha Utsav Bhabani Shankar Chayani said, “We were preparing for a usual theme for today’s Patha Utsav, but after the terror attack suddenly changed the theme to patriotism and paying homage to the martyrs. Its really wonderful that things are done nicely and people participated and paid their tributes to the sons of the soil.”

Breaking the monotony of the usual performances on stage in front of Ram Mandir, storyteller Prachitara gave a storytelling performance on the youngest martyr of India Baji Rout, who being a small child died protesting the British officials as they ordered him to ferry river Brahmani ase Baji (12 years old) was working as a small kid of his boatman father.

Children paid tributes to Pulwama martyrs by lighting candles at the People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC) space at Patha Utsav on Sunday. Later, patriotic songs including “Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon” and “Sandeshe Aate Hain” were sung and performed by children. Also children have engaged themselves in various activities.

Itishree Dixit and her troupe created a beautiful Rangoli depicting national integration, patriotism and terrorism with the message of “Amar Jawan Jyoti”. The organisation is planning to donate the “people’s art” to the Territorial Army Battalion (120 Battalion) in the city as it has messages of more than 300 people collected from today’s Patha Utsav.

Bakul’s Library had a special curated section of biographies of Bravehearts and stories of their heroics in war. The Library on the road also had books that gave insights into the operations of terror and it’s base in Pakistan, and the terror and attack on Mumbai, the chase of Osama Bin Laden etc, the origin of modern terror attacks in Israeli occupied Palestine.

Women in Society Help (Wish) also organised activities for children with subjects mainly based on patriotism and nation-building. Poetry recital was also organised by Wish on the occasion for the martyrs. On the other hand, signature campaigns were also organised by several organisations as they created giant walls for the citizens to write on their views for following the terror attack.

It is notable to mention here that on February 14 at around 3.15 p.m, a ‘Fidayeen’ bomber belonging to the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) rammed an explosive-laden SUV into a bus carrying CRPF troopers in Lethpora area of Pulwama. The attack claimed 49 lives and stunned the nation. Two Odia sons Manoj Behera of Cuttack and Prasanna Sahoo of Jagatsinghpur were also martyred in the attack.

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