|Early Times Report|
Jammu, Sept 9: "A society that forgets its martyrs will itself be forgotten one day. We are indebted to those martyrs who laid down their lives for ours and our families' future" these were the words of speakers who paid floral tributes to martyr Major Akash Singh on this martyr day today during a function which was organised by the Team Jammu.
Team Jammu paid tributes to Major Akash Singh, a recipient of Shaurya Chakra, who attained martyrdom while fighting terrorists during an encounter on Line of Control in Poonch district on Sep 9, 2009. Hundreds of people including students from various schools from different parts of city assembled at Rajpura Mangotrian Park today to remember the sacrifice of the martyr for the country. Locals including the family of the martyred officer paid floral tributes on his 9th death anniversary.
Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Ramesh Kumar was chief guest on the occasion, while SSP Jammu, Vivek Gupta (IPS) and Colonel Ravinder Singh were guests of honor. In their respective addresses, they appealed to people that always remember the sacrifices of martyred soldiers. He said that such events will not only solve the purpose of remembering contributions of the Army but people need to bond themselves with their sacrifices. They said that the whole nation is indebted to Major Akash Singh for his supreme sacrifice. He said those who attain supreme sacrifices for nation are lucky ones and we must stand by the family members of martyrs so that they don't feel alienated.
Chairman of Team Jammu, Zorawar Singh Jamwal who presided over the function said that people should not forget the days when our soldiers give their lives while guarding borders for nation's safety. Zorawar Singh Jamwal said that the youth must unite and stand in support of our forces so that they should not feel demoralised in the hands of anti-national elements.
He said that people of Jammu should feel proud that Dogras have sacrificed their lives for the dignity and honour of Mother India. He said that supreme sacrifice of Major Akash Singh will be remembered for coming centuries. "Nation will forever remain indebted to soldiers like MajorAkash Singh who fought valiantly, upheld highest traditions of our armed forces and nation," he added and recalled martyr Major Akash Singh as a brave man who always wanted to be in the Army and serve the country".
Prominent among others who paid tributes to Major Akash Singh included his wife Deepti Sambyal, Khushi (daughter) Tejas (son), Rajeshwar Singh (brother) Dr. Jagdev Singh (brother), Vikas Singh (brother). Students of Dr B R Ambedkar Convent High School, Devan Devi Higher Secondary School, Shakti Nagar- Rajpura, Raj Kumar, Surinder Sharma, Gohar Farooq, Sahil Mushtaq, Vishu Sharma, Rinku Jatt, Aastik Kohli, Sunil Raipuria, Akshay Gupta, Sardar, Kulvinder Singh, Sardar Ranjeet Singh and Sardar Tarlok Singh.