GUWAHATI, July 26 - The North East today paid tributes to the martyrs of the Kargil War. Our Correspondents report:
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Dr) BD Mishra (retd) on Thursday paid tribute to the gallant Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the 1999 Kargil War on the occasion of the Kargil Vijay Divas.
In his message, the Governor said, �On the proud occasion of Kargil Vijay Divas, I salute the courage, patriotism and sacrifice of our gallant Indian Army soldiers who from May 5 to July 26, 1999 valiantly fought at the high altitude snow-bound areas of Kargil mountains in Jammu and Kashmir to liberate the Indian territory from the Pakistan Army.
�I join my fellow citizens of Arunachal Pradesh in paying our tribute to the plucky and fearless soldiers of Mother India, who stood firm on their line of duty and are no more with us. May the martyrs of Kargil War ever live in our memory,� the Governor said.
Dimapur: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio described Kargil martyr Captain Niekezhakuo Kenguruse, Mahavir Chakra, as an icon for all to emulate.
Addressing the Kargil Vijay Divas celebration at Capt Kenguruse Memorial in Pheza village near Kohima, Rio said Capt Kenguruse has become a household name.
He said Captain Kenguruse had left behind a mark for all to show courage and service not only for ourselves but for the people. He called upon the younger generation to take steps to serve the people.
He said that a request had been made to the Ministry of Defence to set up an Army Public School in the village in memory of Capt Kenguruse.
Rio said Vijay Divas is a special occasion to remember the supreme sacrifice made by the soldiers to protect the people and uphold the nation.
Inspector General of Assam Rifles (North) Maj Gen PC Nair, in his address, said what Capt Kenguruse did on the eventful day 19 years ago in the Kargil War is something to be proud of.
He called the late soldier the bravest in the battalion, saying he was instrumental in holding up an attack of his battalion that caught the Pakistanis by surprise. In the process, he made the supreme sacrifice, Nair said.
Neiselie Kenguruse, father of Capt Kenguruse, said: �It is only because of their sacrifices and services that we live peacefully as a nation.�
IMPHAL: The Kargil Vijay Divas was widely observed in Manipur on Thursday. The State-level function was held at the 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles Banquet Hall.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh paid tribute to the martyrs of Kargil War at the function. Several Cabinet ministers, MLAs, Chief Secretary, DGP and other top civil and police officials attended the function.