Anger erupts after statue of martyr gets desecrated in Gurugram
Gurugram: Soldiers from defence forces especially the martyrs hold a great reverence among the villages in and around Gurugram. For the last two days, the residents of Pahari village in Pataudi have erupted in rage after the statue of one of the martyrs was desecrated.
The person who committed this act has still not been identified. The statue was created in the memory of martyr Anil Kumar Yadav who had laid down his life defending the country against terrorists in 2007.
According to law enforcement officials, the act may have been committed by some drug addicts during the intoxicated act. As of now, there have been no arrests that have been made in the case.
"We have been able to bring the situation under control and assured the villagers that the culprits involved in the case will be arrested soon. The heads of the village have been generous enough of cooperating with us," said a senior official from Gurugram police.
Even though it is an uncommon sight there have been stray incidents where often persons have desecrated the soldier's statues.
In one such incident that was reported in 2017, the Rezang-la memorial which is located near Palam Vihar was vandalised by few drunkards.
The destructors were booked under Section 427 (destruction of the public property) of the IPC. The incident then had resulted in massive outrage among the defence veterans who live around Gurugram.
The war memorial had been built in the memory of 114 Army soldiers who were martyred during the 1962 war against the 5,000 strong Chinese soldiers in November 1962.
Situated at an altitude of 17,000 feet around 30 km of South of Chusul valley in Ladakh, it was one of the most difficult battles fought by the Indian soldiers on the geographic front. It is said that hundreds of soldiers even in the lack of resources were able to kill a thousand Chinese soldiers.
A majority of the war heroes of the 13th Kumaon regiment that fought the battle at Rezang La were from South Haryana districts of Gurugram, Rewari and Mahendragarh.