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Chief of the World's 2nd Largest Standing Army touches feet of a 1965 Martyr's Widow

Highlights
  • Army chief was in Ghazipur, UP for the martyrdom anniversary of Param Vir Chakra recipient Abdul Hamid
  • Abdul Hamid made the supreme sacrifice on the battlefield during the India-Pakistan war of 1965

It was a touching moment for one and all when the Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat bowed down and touched the feet of Rasoolan Bibi, the 80-year-old widow of Param Vir Chakra recipient Abdul Hamid publicly at a function on Sunday.

General Rawat along with his wife Madhulika Rawat visited Dhamupur, the ancestral village of the 1965 martyr to take part in the commemoration ceremony to mark his 52nd anniversary of martyrdom.

Rasoolan Bibi was sitting next to General Rawat on the stage. He got emotional while presenting a memento to the war veteran's widow, and could not resist himself to touch the feet of the motherly figure. The charged gathering of locals, kin of martyrs and Army veterans applauded the humble gesture by the Army chief.

"Bahute achcha lagal ki wo yehan ayein, aur hamar pawn chholan. Hum ashirvad deni general saheb ke," (It was pleasant to see him come here and touch my feet. I gave my blessings to General Rawat), said the elderly lady, who had invited the Army chief to come to the village and take part in Hamid's martyrdom anniversary.

"My grand mother had gone to Delhi about three months ago to meet General Rawat and invite him to attend the 52nd anniversary of martyrdom. He assured us that he would come to our village. We are extremely happy that he kept his promise," said Hamid's grand son Jamil Alam.

The commemoration ceremony was held at the Vir Abdul Hamid memorial park in the village. After paying homage and laying a wreath, General Rawat unveiled a memorial (gun mounted jeep) in honour of the martyr.

Addressing the audience and Army veterans, the General lauded the contributions of Ghazipur district to the armed forces and exhorted the youth to join hands for the development and security of the country.

Giving credit to Hamid for his actions in the India-Pakistan war of 1965, General Rawat said that he (Hamid) destroyed many tanks of the enemy in Khemkaran area before making the supreme sacrifice. "His unfathomable courage and bravery is the epitome of patriotism that inspires the youth to serve the nation," he said.

Later, the General also met the Army veterans of the area.

UP Governor Ram Naik also addressed the gathering.


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