People pay tributes to Kishtwar martyrs

Excelsior Correspondent
KISHTWAR/Udhampur, May 10: Like every year, the people of Kishtwar paid tributes to the Kishtwar martyrs, who laid down their lives for the sake of the nation.
Due to ongoing lockdown, all the major programmes were cancelled and it was decided that the people will pay tribute to the martyrs by lighting the earthen lamps and candles in their homes today evening under the programme ‘Ek Diya Shaheedo Ke Naam’.
On 10th May 1993, terrorists assassinated Satish Kumar Bhandari, a senior leader of Hindu Raksha Samiti, who always stood against anti national elements and terrorists.
Though he was given police protection but terrorists attacked him and Satish Kumar lost his life.
Since then every year on 10th May, Shaheedi Diwas is being observed to pay tributes to all those who gave supreme sacrifices for nation while fighting militancy.
As per reports, the residents of various parts of Chenab region and locals residing in other parts country also responded to the programme of ‘Ek Diya Shaheedo Ke Naam’ and paid tributes to the martyrs.
In Udhampur civil society also paid glowing tributes to martyrs of Kishtwar and erstwhile Doda district, who laid down their lives while fighting with anti national forces and terrorism.
While maintaining social distancing because of Covid-19, the society paid tribute to martyrs by lighting candles in simple function. To remember the martyrs’ sacrifice, hundreds of people also tweet with hashtag # Shaheedi Divas Kishtwar, which was trolling on Twitter since Saturday evening.
Speaking on the occasion, Ranjit Parihar- a civil society member, said that it was only due to the sacrifices of these martyrs that evil designs of anti national elements failed to succeed in Kishtwar district and erstwhile Doda district.
He added that more than hundred people have sacrificed their lives for unity and integrity of India when militancy was at peak in Kishtwar and erstwhile Doda district. It was because of their supreme sacrifices that the Doda district was saved from turning into another Kashmir and thus minorities of this hilly belt kept the tricolor high, he added.
Parihar urged the Government to build a memorial in the memory of martyrs who sacrificed their lives for nation so that coming generations are apprised of the sacrifices and of patriotism .
Others present on the occasion, included Parvesh Parihar, Rajesh Parihar, Rajan Sharma, Bunty Sharma, Ashok Kumar, Raghav Sharma and Dalip Bhutyal.

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