Dhubri, Aug 29: The Swarnim Vijay Victory Flame commemorating 50 years of Indian armed forces victory over Pakistan in 1971 Indo-Pak War reached Dhubri district on Sunday with full military honours.
The victory flame was received with enthusiasm by troops of Red Horns Division and a ceremony in its honour was organised at Panbari Dhubri, by 25th Battalion, The Rajput Regiment of Red Horns Army Division to lay Wreath and paying homage to honour the supreme sacrifices of the gallant soldiers of 1971 war.
Colonel Kamaldeep Pawar of the Battalion while addressing the gathering of retired defense officials of the district along with the family members of martyrs from the district in presence of Dhubri DC Anbumathan MP, SP Abhijit Gurav and DIG of BSF Dhubri Sector JC Naik stated that the aim of the journey is to spread the message of India's victory and sacrifices of war heroes to the remotest areas and shores of the country.
Ex-Servicemen from Dhubri too were felicitated. Dignitaries and Superintendent of Police, Dhubri took part in the event and a rich homage has been paid to the 'Flame'. It was then taken via the mighty Brahmaputra river to Mahamayachar BOP of BSF near Indo-Bangladesh border, wherein locals gathered in large numbers & paid homage.
"In December 1971, the Indian Armed Forces had secured victory over the Pakistan Army, and a new nation 'Bangladesh' was created. The victory resulted in the largest military surrender post World War II wherein approximately 93,000 soldiers of the Pakistan Army surrendered to the Indian Army. The 'Swarnim Vijay Varsh' celebrations began with Prime Minister Narendra Modi lighting the Victory Flame on 16 December 2020.", Naik added.
The Senior Army official also added that the victory flame was lit from the eternal flame of the National War Memorial, signifying the bravery of the soldiers of the war. Since then, the victory flame has been travelling across the length and breadth of India and a large number of commemorative events are being conducted during its journey.
It may be mentioned that the 'Mashaal would be further travelling to Tamalpur via Agia for its onward journey through the serenading landscape of Assam.