Srinagar: In a momentous ceremony in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, homage was paid to the gallant soldiers of the Indian Army’s Pir Panjal Brigade, later part of Baramulla based Dagger Division, whose landing in Srinagar on this day in 1947 marked a turning point in the future of the fate of the erstwhile princely state of J & K.
The Platinum Jubilee Commemoration, combined with the solemn celebration of Infantry Day, was a testament to the indomitable spirit of the Indian Army and its unwavering commitment to safeguarding India’s sovereignty, Army said.
An array of poignant and patriotic activities took place at the Headquarters of Pir Panjal Brigade and Brig Rajinder Singh Memorial in Boniyar Uri, which has now become a symbol of valour and sacrifice.
The event was a fitting tribute to the valiant all ranks of Pir Panjal Brigade, Dagger Division and Chinar Corps.
The solemn event began with the Chief Guest of the event General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Baramulla’s Dagger Division, Maj Gen Rajesh Sethi, and Commander of Pir Panjal Brigade, Brig PMS Dhillon paying their respects by laying wreaths at the Brig Rajinder Singh Memorial & the Pir Panjal Brigade War Memorial.
Army said the atmosphere was filled with patriotic fervour as the school children of the Brig Rajinder Singh Army Goodwill School, Boniyar sang moving patriotic songs in memory of the brave soldiers who have sacrificed their lives to secure India’s borders.
The Chief Guest of the event had an opportunity to interact with the representatives of the units that participated in the 1947-48 operations.
A significant moment in the celebration was the inauguration of the Pir Panjal Brigade Archives, which will serve as a repository of historical records, photographs, and documents related to the Pir Panjal Brigade’s participation in 1947-48, 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars and OP RAKSHAK.
“This Archives will help preserve the legacy of these brave soldiers for future generations,” Army said
A captivating short film documenting the heroic actions and sacrifices of the Pir Panjal Brigade during the 1947-48 Operations was screened at the Archives.
The GOC Dagger Division also unveiled the mural of the “Capture of Hajipir Pass.” This mural serves as a visual tribute to the exceptional achievements of the Pir Panjal Brigade during the Indo-Pak war in 1947-48 & 1965.