43rd SAND DUNE DAY (27-28 DEC 2014)

Bikaner/Ganganagar, The battlefield of 1971 and the action at Nagi Sand Dune came alive in Sriganganagar District when veterans, serving soldiers as well as local populace stood at the very sand dune,  that 43 years ago saw and felt the roars of war.  Men bled and died here for a few inches of sand, as bullets and shellfire cut through their ranks, but what mattered to the brave Indian soldiers the most on that day was to set foot on the Sand Dune of Nagi.

            The nefarious act of Pakistan Army who captured Indian territory in village Nagi ten days after the ceasefire of 1971 war was put to naught by the brave action of soldiers of Indian Army who reclaimed the post.

 To commemorate the occasion a number of events were held at Sriganganagar Military Station and Nagi Memorial on 27-28 December 14 by Amogh Division on behalf of Sapta Shakti Command and Chetak Corps. Wreath laying ceremony was held at Shaurya Sthal on 27 Dec 14 and a Sand Art show was organised at Sriganganagar Cantonment which depicted the heroism of the martyrs of 4 PARA Battalion and 9 PARA Field Regiment.  On 28 Dec 14, a Para Motor display and wreath laying ceremony was held at the war memorial at Nagi wherein soldiers passing over the memorial by parachute showered rose petals on the War Memorial.  

It was followed by interaction with veterans and civilians of Nagi village present during the war. In addition to the military hierarchy of Sapta Shakti Command and Chetak Corps, the event was also graced by Major General TS Handa (Retd) of 4 PARA Battalion, Col Ranjeet Singh of 9 PARA Field Regiment and Lt Col Shailesh Bansal of 410 Field Compan representing the units of 51 (I) Parachute Brigade who launched the operation on 28 Dec 1971.  During the functions, the war veterans were felicitated by General Officer Commanding, Chetak Corps, Lt Gen PM Hariz. On the occasion, Maj Gen Bipin Bakshi exhorted all ranks to rededicate themselves to service to the nation.  He also applauded the civil administration and people of Nagi for their contribution in honouring of the martyrs and mentioned that such close coordination between the Civil Society, Government Administration and the Indian Army is an example for the entire nation to emulate.

The experiences of the veterans and local populace had a message to convey that they can never forget the valour of the brave hearts of the Indian Army that was displayed at Nagi in 1971.

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