Liberation of Bangladesh on 16 December 1971 by the Indian Army was a Golden letter day etched in the annals of history. To commemorate the golden jubilee year of this historic event, the fourth leg of the Cyclothon from Bakhasar to Jalipa was flagged off on 29 November 2020 from Bakhasar by Honorary Captain Heer Singh Bhati(Retired), a war veteran of 1962, 1965 and 1971 war wherein he was involved in operations in Tithwal sector. Presently he is tenating SANRAKSHAK of THAR KE VEER organization for veterans.
Troops of Bogra Brigade cycled through the border areas of Barmer district, covering a distance of approx 220 km. The team travelled through areas from where forces for battle of Dali, Khinsar, Chachro and Gadra Road were launched during 1971 war in Barmer Sector earning Battle Honours of Chachro (10 PARA SF) and Gadra Road (1 GARHWAL RIFLES). Enroute the team spread the message of valour & sacrifice by the brave hearts in the 1971 war.
To commemorate the occasion Wreath Laying was organised at Jasol village to pay homage to Lieutenant General Hanut Singh who was awarded Mahavir Chakra for his role in Battle of Basantar during 1971 war. Wreath was also laid at Gadra Road Memorial in honour of the 17 Railway employees who were martyred while transporting explosives to Munnabao to support own forces during 1965 war. In addition, wreaths were also laid at Barmer Shaheed Smarak to commemorate the Swarnim Vijay Varsh of 1971 war.
In an attempt to reach out to War Veterans, Veer Naris and Ex-servicemen of Barmer and neighbouring districts, a Medical and Assistance camp was also organised at Jalipa Military Station where they were provide necessary medical aid and their issues and problems were resolved by representatives of Veteran Cell, Station Headquarters Jalipa and Zila Sainik Board Barmer. Telephone calls were made to connect to those who could not come to the camp due to COVID situation.
These events organised by the Konark Corps are a true tribute to the ultimate sacrifices made by our soldiers to safeguard the honour of the country and will go a long way in motivating the local youth to join the Indian Army.