Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited the Kargil War Memorial and laid a wreath there in Drass area of Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.
He was accompanied by Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh, the Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat and the General Officer Commanding in Chief Northern Command Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, said a Defence spokesman.
“Singh commenced his visit by laying a wreath in memory of the gallant martyrs of Operation VIJAY at the iconic Kargil War Memorial, which was followed by observing of one minute silence as a mark of respect for the fallen heroes,” said the spokesman.
He subsequently visited the ‘Veer Bhoomi’ and the ‘Hut of Remembrance’ which are co-located in the Memorial premises.
“During his visit, the Raksha Mantri (Defence Minister) was briefed on Operation VIJAY including the heroic actions of the Indian troops in thwarting the evil designs of the enemy in the Dras, Kargil and Batalik Sectors,” added the spokesman.
As part of the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas, Singh dedicated a ‘Memory Lane’ which displays information on a few important battles.
“The ‘Memory Lane’ recapitulates the gallant deeds of the brave Indian Army Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers and Jawans who fought against all odds to rid the Indian territory of enemy intruders,” said the spokesman.
Subsequently, Lieutenant General YK Joshi, General Officer Commanding Fire & Fury Corps, himself a veteran of Operation VIJAY, briefed the Raksha Mantri at Lamochan View Point on various battles that took place during the Kargil War in 1999.
The Defence Minister also took the opportunity to share a cup of tea and interact with the soldiers presently deployed in the Sector.
“He appreciated the dedication of the troops who are defending the borders, in these challenging conditions and conveyed the appreciation of the Nation to the Indian Army, for always keeping ‘Nation First’,” added the spokesman.