PUNE: The 71st Infantry Day was celebrated by the Indian Army on Friday with traditional solemnity all across the Southern Command in Pune.
The day was celebrated to honour the supreme sacrifice of the Infantry in fighting the Pakistani raiders in Jammu and Kashmir in 1947.
October 27, which is celebrated as Infantry Day by the Indian Army, was the day on which an Infantry company of the First Battalion of the Sikh Regiment was airlifted from Delhi to Srinagar to liberate Kashmir from the invading tribals, who were supported by Pakistan Army.
This action was ordered by the then Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, after the ruler of Jammu and Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh, signed the Instrument of Accession, acceding to the State of India.
On this solemn occasion, a large number of veterans and serving personnel paid homage at the ‘National War Memorial’ in Pune, in remembrance and honour of all those brave hearts of the Infantry fraternity who made the supreme sacrifice for the honour and integrity of the country.