Bhubaneswar: ‘Vijay Diwas’ was today celebrated here to commemorate India’s victory over Pakistan in 1971 war which resulted in subsequent secession of East Pakistan into Bangladesh.
Rich tributes were paid to the martyrs who laid down their lives during the war.
Around 200 veterans and serving officers gathered at the Martyrs’ Memorial of 120 Infantry Battalion (TA) here where a solemn wreath laying was carried out.
A number of 1971 war veterans were present at the gathering.
Notable among them were Brig B P Patnaik, Gp Capt B P Patnaik, Wg Cdr N K Samal, Col Sarat Chandra Mohapatra, Hony Flying Officer Radheshyam Mishra, Sub Trinath Mohanty, and Hav Nabakrushna Mishra.
“Today is December 16, Vijay Diwas, on this day in 1971 India got victory over Pakistan in the Indo-Pak war and the then East Pakistan was liberated as Bangladesh. Today we laid wreaths at the Martyrs’ Memorial here in memory of those martyrs who had laid down lives,” said Debadatta Swain, Commanding Officer, 120 Battalion (TA).
The veterans reminisced their chivalry and remembered the comrades who sacrificed their lives on the altar of duty.
“The Vijay Diwas that we are celebrating today is historic, it is not only a victory in a war but we had created a new sovereign country-Bangladesh,” reminisced Col Sarat Chandra Mohapatra.
These war veterans were felicitated by Commodore Sailendra Singh, NM, DDG NCC, Odisha.