IMPHAL, July 26 - Five soldiers from Manipur, who laid down their lives during the 1999 Kargil War, were remembered on the occasion of the 17th Kargil Vijay Diwas celebration.
During the occasion, attended by senior Army and police officers, GOC 57th Mountain Division SS Mishra said, the supreme sacrifice of the gallant soldiers will be forever remembered. The next of kin of the martyrs were given gifts on behalf of the Army and police.
The five Manipuri soldiers were Sepoy K Ashuli Mao of the Naga Regiment, who was posthumously awarded the Vir Chakra. The other four soldiers were Sepoy Chara Nicholas, Naik Kaleshwor, Ng Beningvir Moyon and Sepoy LNk S Germinthang.
The Kargil War took place between India and Pakistan during May-July, 1999. The conflict was triggered after Pakistani soldiers managed to occupy key positions on the Indian side of the Line of Control in Kargil sector. The war officially came to an end on July 26, 1999. DGP LM Khaute, who was present on the occasion, said quelling internal conflict and safeguarding the borders would not have been possible without the presence of the Army in the State. � PTI