Srinagar: Describing Duggarland as land of martyrs, National Conference Provincial President Devender Singh Rana on Sunday said Jammu has scripted sagas of valour from times immemorial with warriors laying their lives with a sense of pride in call of their duties.
“The brave give their today for our safe and secured tomorrow,” Rana said while inaugurating the memorial of Martyr Sohanlal Bhagat at Pragalta in Bajalta area of Nagrota Assembly Constituency.
The memorial has been raised by the contribution made by locals of the area as a mark of their respect to the “martyrdom of brave-heart Rifleman Sohanlal Bhagat, who attained martyrdom when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded on November 13, 2017 at Chandel town in Manipur while he was performing his duties”.
Rana paid rich tribute to the martyr, saying the sacrifices of the heroes in defending the integrity and sovereignty of the nation will not go waste. The indebted nation has all along been bowing their heads with respect and deep esteem for the sacrifices made by warriors, he said, adding that martyrs will continue to inspire generations for serving the nation in whatever capacity they can.
The Provincial President said the martyrdom of brave-hearts reminds the crucial need of working towards peace and striving for shaping a better future for humanity. The biggest tribute to great heroes is to create a world wherein people live in peace and harmony. At the same time, the civilized nations had to stand united for defeating the scourge of terror and violence that has emerged a biggest challenge to the global community.
Rana appreciated the patriotic spirit of the locals of Pragalta for raising a memorial for son of the soil, saying this reflects their love and esteem for the warriors. ‘In fact, it is in consonance with the great heritage and legacy of the Duggerland that has always stood like a rock behind heroes of the nation. He also expressed solidarity with the family of the martyr and appreciated their resilience in braving their loss with grace and pride.
“We salute the martyrdom of Martyr Sohanlal Bhagat and bow before the courage of his family,” Rana said. He led the people of the area in paying floral tribute at the martyr. Prominent among them were Som Nath Khajuria, Sarpanch Ch Rehmat Ali, Sarpanch Mohan Lal, Ganesh Darshan, Jagdish and other panches of the area.
Earlier, Soma Devi, Sarpanch Dansal along with Balwan Singh, Ex-Sarpanch Dansal and others joined National Conference at a simple and impressive function.
Welcoming them into the party fold, the Provincial President hoped that with their joining National Conference will be further strengthened at the grass roots level.