Uttarakhand: Committed to serve nation, say villagers close to Sino-India border

Pithoragarh (U’khand), September 8

Amid tensions on the Line of Actual Control between India and China, villagers in border areas of Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh recalled the 1962 War and stated they have been dedicated to serve the nation.

“We are able to face the enemy every time the Army wants our assist,” 80-year-old Gopal Singh Napalchayal, a resident of Napalchu village in Vyas Valley, stated.

“We have a strong sense of commitment towards the nation and its armed forces,” he added.

Recalling the 1962 War, Napalchayal stated when Chinese troops reached close to the Darma, Vyas and Johar valleys within the district, villagers helped the Army carry ammunition and meals to frame posts on sheep and mules.

“Our women donated their gold and silver ornaments to help the nation,” he stated. “It was time for our winter migration after harvesting our crop in October when the War with China began in 1962 but our villagers decided to remain here,” he recalled, including that they didn’t vacate their villages until the battle ended.

“We used to return all the way down to Chiyalekh Malpa and Jipti camps to hold ammunition to our shoulders as much as Garbiyans from the place it was taken to the final posts on sheep again,“ Napalchayal stated.

Johar Valley villagers stated they draw their inspiration from the late Laxman Singh Jangpangi, who was awarded the Padma Shri in 1959 for his providers to the nation as an Indian commerce agent in Gartok city of Tibet.

“He was the first Indian who had informed the then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru of the ill-intentions of the Chinese,” stated Sriram Singh Dharmashaktu, a resident of higher Johar Valley.

According to Dharmashaktu, villagers of the Shauka neighborhood in high-altitude areas carried all army necessities from the decrease areas on their shoulders as much as Munsiyari from the place these have been carried on sheep again to frame posts.

“This time, the army infrastructure and air connectivity to frame posts is much extra improved but when wanted, villagers in Johar Valley are absolutely ready to make any sacrifice for his or her motherland,” Dharmashaktu stated.

Meanwhile, an official claimed that of the three important border roads within the area, the stretch to Lipulekh Pass has been accomplished.

“The one resulting in the border put up in Darma Valley is nearing completion whereas solely a small portion of the stretch in Johar Valley stays to be accomplished,” he stated.

A 55-km-long motorable street from Munsiyari to Milam can be prone to be accomplished by subsequent 12 months, he stated.

“Major portion of the road has been constructed from both sides and civilian vehicles are plying on it,” BRO Chief Engineer Vimal Goswami stated.

According to a defence knowledgeable, lately, the development of army infrastructure on the Sino-India border has been accelerated.

“If we had perceived the Chinese threat earlier, we would have been even better prepared in terms of military infrastructure,” stated Lt Gen (Retd) M C Bhandari, an Army spokesperson in the course of the Kargil War.

According to him, the air connectivity alongside the India-China border is 100 instances higher than 1962.

“We are able to land all varieties of helicopter within the border areas of Darma, Vyas and Johar Valleys to assist to our troops,” he stated. PTI

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