BENGALURU: To show solidarity with the brave men who fought at the border to protect us, the Armed Forces Flag Day was observed on Monday. The event at Raj Bhavan was organised by Department of Sainik Welfare and Resettlement. Governor Vajubhai Vala, the chief guest, spoke about their contribution and sacrifice to the nation.
Home Minister G Parameshwara handed over awards to the winners and cash prizes to the wounded and families of martyrs.
Retired Genera P G Kamath stressed on the need for the One Rank One Pension scheme. He said, “We are asking nothing more or nothing less. Just what we deserve. I am disappointed over the delay.”
The Gallantry award was presented posthumously to Bhima Shankar, who worked with the Body Security Force. He was killed during a naxalite attack in Chattisgarh.
Yoganand C was working with the 161 Medium Regiment. He was working under extreme weather conditions in Jammu and Kashmir, when he passed away. Malu Dinnimani was working with 316 Medium Regiment. He was coming back from Op RAKSHAK, he fell down in Mandi Nala.
Lance Naik Tilaka K C was working for 61 RMPL 109 RCC ( Gref) was deployed on the same mission and he died in an avalanche.
Ex-Havlidar Tanaji Sidagonda Pujari was given the Sena Medal by the President. In 2010, terrorists approached his bunker at Jammu and Kashmir. He fought back bravely, killing one terrorist and injuring another. He also captured their ammunition.