Army veterans vent outrage over vandalisation of War Memorial in Ggn
Retired members of Indian defence forces on Wednesday congregated at Rezang La Pass War Memorial in Karterpuri near Palam Vihar to vent out their outrage over the vandalisation of the site on July 25 and have given the administration a week's time to arrest the perpetrators, failing which they have threatened to intensify their protests.
Assembled in large numbers to commemorate the 18 years of victory by the Indian armed forces at Kargil, the veterans highlighted that how the event was a blot to the honour and legacy of the security forces.
The Gurugram Police have filed a formal complaint over the incident under sections of Prevention of Damage to Public Property (PDPP) ACT and Section 427 (causing destruction) of IPC. No arrests have been made as of now but police have asked the nearby residents to identify the culprits.
It is believed that the vandalisation was done by some drunkards from the nearby liquor vending unit. For long, there has been a complaint that people from the nearby liquor vending unit come and create ruckus at the site. There was also a complaint to remove the liquor vending unit.
"All the members from defence forces are extremely angry over what has happened at the war memorial site. What is even more shocking that this incident occurs at a time when we are remembering our moment of victory at Kargil. The incident of drunkards causing ruckus at the site is nothing new, however causing damages at the site has stretched it too far. People who do not have the regard for their defence forces need to be punished," said TC Rao, the manager at the war memorial site.
Spread in an area of 7,000 square feet, the war memorial site was opened in 2012.
It was built in the memory of 114 Army soldiers who were martyred during the 1962 war against the 5,000 strong Chinese soldiers.
The 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.