21 years on, Sangrur village awaits Kargil martyr’s memorial

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, July 26

On Kargil Vijay Diwas when nation paid tributes to troopers who sacrificed their lives, residents of Banbhaura, native village of Kargil martyr Naik Bahadur Singh, expressed their resentment in opposition to the authorities for failing to assemble a memorial in his title.

Since the top of Kargil War in 1999, residents have written quite a few letters to authorities for the memorial to make the approaching generations aware of supreme sacrifice of Singh, however to no avail.

On Sunday additionally, many kids and children had been unaware in regards to the sacrifice of Singh in his personal village as attributable to lack of memorial village Panchayat couldn’t organise any perform to mark the day.

“We have written letters and met officers and requested repeatedly for the construction of memorial. Authorities can install a statue of my brother or they could construct any gate in village. We want memorial so that all village could remember him,” mentioned Balbir Singh, elder brother of martyr.

After finishing his 10th in 1987, Martyr Bahadur Singh had joined Indian Army in 1988 and attained martyrdom in 1999.

“Though villagers have great respect for my brother, but there are many youngsters , who are unaware about the sacrifice of my brother. Its really sad that we are unable every year to pay tributes while all nation does” mentioned Bhajan Singh, one other elder brother of Bahadur Singh.

Village Sarpanch Kamaljit Kaur and her husband Sukhdeep Singh Goldy, who’s village youth membership president, mentioned village has demarcated a chunk of land for the statue, however authorities haven’t woken as much as their demand.

“We have hundreds of youngsters in village. If we have memorial of martyr, it would definitely motivate them to join Indian Army. We have also started a sport tournament in the name of martyr, but government authorities have not taken any step to construct memorial,” mentioned Goldy.

When contacted, Block Development and Panchayat Officer, Malerkotla-1, Amandeep Kaur admitted that the villagers had submitted an software for the memorial in native SDM workplace. “I will look into the matter,” she added.

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