National Defence Bureau,
Srinagar, 03 November 2019
In a solemn and poignant ceremony held today at the Public Relations Office, Badami Bagh (BB) Cantonment, Srinagar, all ranks of the Public Relations Office, paid rich tributes to Late Major P Purushottam and five brave soldiers, Sub Brahm Dass, Hav PK Maharana, Sep Choudhary Ramji Bhai, Sep Md Razaul Haque and Sep C Radhakrishnan, who attained martyrdom in a ‘fidayeen’ attack on this day in 1999.
Late Major P Purushottam, who was posted as Public Relations Officer (Defence) alongwith five of his comrades bravely fought terrorists who had launched a ‘fidayeen’ attack on his office in the evening of 03 November 1999. Having been engaged in a hand to hand fight with the terrorists, he and his colleagues made the supreme sacrifice of their lives while trying to save media persons.
A Bharat Bhushan Babu, ADG (M&C) Dte of Public Relations, MoD, in his message paid rich tributes to the brave soldiers who had made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. He said that we will always draw inspiration from the heroic deeds of the martyrs and keep ‘Nation First’ in all endeavours. On this occasion wreaths were laid by Col Rajesh Kalia, PRO (Def) Srinagar on behalf of ADG (M&C) and all ranks of the unit at the memorial in Public Relations Office, Srinagar.
Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 15 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.