Mangaluru, Dec 17, 2019: As a mark and remembrance of the victory of the Indian Army over Pakistan in 1971, ’Vijay Diwas’ (Victory Day) was observed by Dakshina Kannada Ex-servicemen’s Association, Lions Club, and Shastavu Bhoothanatheshwara Temple Trust at the Kadri War Memorial on December 16, Monday.
Speaking on the occasion, Brigadier I N Rai said that 54 Indian soldiers who went missing in the war are still not traceable.
“I had served in the Army for 34 years. The war between India and Pakistan was a challenge. On December 16, 1971, I was serving in the Eighth Battalion Sikh Regiment. Two soldiers who had their meals with me died in the war. The failure to trace the 54 soldiers is still sad for Indians,” he said.
Mangalore University Vice Chancellor Prof P S Yadapadithaya said that there are plans to set up martyrs memorial in all the 210 colleges in the Mangalore University jurisdiction.
DK DC Sindhu B Rupesh said, “The youth should always remember the soldiers who serve and guard the country.”
Dakshina Kannada Ex-servicemen’s Association President S M Airana and others were present. It was a touching function.