Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, December 6
The Swarnim Vijay Varsh Cyclothon, organised in the western sector in the run up to the Golden Jubilee of the 1971 Indo-Pak War was flagged-in on Sunday at Laungewala border post by Colonel HS Shekhawat, a former officer of 10 Para (Special Forces) who was part of the famous Chachro Raid that saw Indian commandos striking Pakistani bases 80 km inside enemy territory.
The 1,971-km cyclothon had commenced on November 26 from Lakhpat border post. Organised by the Konark Corps, it comprised a team of two officers and 18 troops and was aimed at fostering the spirit of adventure, motivating the youth and reaching out to ex-servicemen.
During the conduct of the expedition, many medical camps for veterans and their families were organised at different locations across Gujarat and Rajasthan. Apart from distributing free medicines, the team members also spread awareness about the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of the flagging-in ceremony, the veterans laid wreaths in honour of the war heroes at the Laungewala war memorial, planted saplings, toured the Yudh Sthal and were felicitated.