Even years after this historic war, the family of a martyr living in a cantonment in the cantonment remembers the scene and listens intently as stories are told.
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Meanwhile, 68-year-old Chamba Devi Bisht said her husband Anand Singh Bisht was a para-trooper commando. He was martyred in the battle of Operation Lily Cactus in Ganganagar, Rajasthan. The daughter was in the womb at the time. Under such circumstances he had to go to war. She took care of the daughter while doing a private job after her husband died. Lakshmi Devi, 80, wife of Havildar Kunwar Singh Chaudhary of Garhwal Rifles, told a similar story. She said Pakistani bunkers were on the hill and her husband was upstairs with the group. The enemies occupying the hill must be repelled. After several days of trying but to no avail he climbed the hill with the help of a human pyramid carrying some soldiers. He lost a leg in a fierce encounter with the enemy there.
A bridge built over a river with current
Family members said Constable Ajayveer Singh Yadav, who was staying at house number D-1 in the martyrs’ house, was in the Jat Regiment. He was deployed in the Bilonia sector during the war. Where the enemies put the current in the flowing river. After waiting for several days, the army built a bridge over the river and destroyed it as soon as the enemy crossed it.
Operation Lily raised the cactus thrill
The 50 Independent Para Brigade played an important role in the 1971 war and was the first Indian military unit to enter Dhaka. It was headed by the then Lieutenant Colonel KS Pannu. It made history by parading in Tangail, East Pakistan and became the first unit to enter Dhaka. On December 11, the unit took off with 50 aircraft from Kalakunda Air Force Base and Dum Dum Airport. On the very first day, the important Pungali Bridge and the Lohajang River Ghat in Bangladesh were captured. Pakistan 93 Infantry Brigade retaliates. But the Indian army made him retreat. The army killed 182 enemies. The battalion entered Dhaka at 11:45 am on December 16 in this order. The battalion was awarded one Maha Veer Chakra, five Veera Chakras, four Army Medals and four Mention-in-Dispatch for their brave and heroic deeds. In addition, the Theater Award-East Pakistan 1971 and Battle Award Pungali Bridge were also decorated.
Now the fighting continues in the home of the martyrs
The Martyrs’ Home was established in 1972-73 by a joint effort of the state government and the army to house the families of 16 war veterans. The then Chief Minister Kamalapati Tripathi built houses for the soldiers in an area of 1000 to 1500 square feet. The rent for five years will be Rs 1 per year. The houses are then gifted. Lakshmi Devi (80 years old), wife of Havaldar Kunwar Singh Chaudhary, winner of the Veera Chakra, who took part in the war, said there was a famine here. Champa Devi Bisht said it was difficult to support a family with a monthly pension of Rs 134 after the death of her husband. After a few days everything was fine but notices started coming in. Once an officer even told us illegal residence. Govind Devi, wife of Constable Kundal Singh Bhandari, who lost an arm in the war, said daily inquiries, including scrutiny of papers, were underway. The martyrs’ home, on the other hand, has problems with electricity, roads, water, drainage and security. Havildar Gopal Das Joshi, Sepoy Ajayveer Singh Yadav, Sepoy Ajaypal Sharma, Naik Madan Singh Rawat, Sepoy Chander Singh Pangti, Sepoy Ann Singh, Sepoy Manjul Mishra, Amritlal, Raja Singh, Pan Singh Tomar, Sepoy Mohammed, family members Also said. “I don’t know about this episode yet,” said Vilas Panwar, CEO of Kant Board. Problems are solved at an efficient level.