Swarnim Vijay Varsh: Victory Flame reaches Poonch


POONCH: The victory flame to commemorate 50th year of stellar victory in 1971 War against Pakistan on its journey to Ace of Spade Division arrived today at Poonch- a peaceful town with rich cultural heritage, turning into a fierce battle zone in each conflict that nation faced post independence. It was here, in 1971, some of fiercest and bloodiest battles were fought in the battleground of Shahpur, Gutriyan, Thanpir and Nangi Tekri wherein soldiers both sides fought like man possessed into what turned out to be a saga of pure Valour.
The arrival of victory flame at the sacred battle ground where thousands of soldiers bled brought along mixed bag of memories. The fact that 6 units earned 5 Battle honours in Poonch Sector in different battles speaks of the ferocity with which operation were conducted in this sector. “Battle Honours ‘Nangi Tekri, ‘Banwat’, ‘Thanpir’, ‘Gutrian’ and ‘Defence of Poonch’ aren’t just names but are tales of collective valour exhibited by soldiers of 21 PUNJAB, 195 Mountain Regt, 13 MAHAR, 11 J&K Militia, 9 PARA and 6 SIKH. Apart from these, Three Maha Vir Chakras, 15 Veer Chakras, 13 Sena Medals, three Vishist Seva Medals and 19 Mention-in-Despatches were awarded for individual acts of valour in this sector. The victory flame was received with full military honours at the famous Advance Landing Ground, Poonch (constructed in 1947-48 with the help of locals) with full compliance of COVID Protocols. As part of commemoration, other than remembering the martyrs and felicitating the veterans who participated in war, it has been planned that sacred soil from famous battlegrounds will be collected and send to National Capital alongwith the Victory Flame.