Bhopal:Sunday, July 26 : Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan paid tributes to the martyrs of Kargil war by reciting this stanza of a poem :
‘Pooje na gaye shaheed to phir yeh mantra kaun apnaye ga,
Topon ke munh se kaun akad chhati apni adaaye ga,
Choome ga kaun phande kaun goliyan vaksh par khaye ga,
Apne hathon apne mastak phir aage kaun badhaye ga
Pooje na gaye shaheed to phir yeh beej kahan se aye ga,
Dharti maa kah kar mati mathe se kaun lagaye ga’
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan also garlanded portraits of son of Bhopal Major Ajay Prasad who laid down his life in Kargil war, Captain Shreyansh Gandhi and Captain Devashish Sharma.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that Kargil Victory Day is a golden day in the history of Indian army. It was on this day that jawans of Indian army had forced Pakistani infiltrators and jawans of Pakistani army to flee from Kargil area despite adverse conditions and had foiled infiltrators’ evil designs. He said that hundreds of Jawans laid down their lives while defending India during Kargil war. On this day we salute all those martyrs.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh government is going to construct country’s first Shaurya Smarak (Gallantry Memorial) in Bhopal. Budgetary allocation for the memorial has been made apart from selection of the land on which it will be built. He informed that inauguration of construction work of this memorial will be made soon by Army Chief Shri Deepak Kapoor.
At the function, Chief Minister Shri Chouhan also met parents of Shaheed Major Ajay Prasad, Shri RN Prasad and Smt. Kusum Prasad and welcomed them. Those present on the occasion included Shri Aditya Vikram Pethiya, who was decorated with Veer Chakra during 1971 Indo-Pak war, director of Madhya Pradesh Sainik Kalyan Board retired Brigadier Shri Pramod Kumar, Zila Sainik Kalyan Adhikari ex-Wing Commander Shri AK Puri, a number of army men, ex-servicemen and family members of army men.