CM MK Stalin Pays Respects on the Eve of 24th Anniversary of India’s “Operation Vijay” (Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin)
A Heartfelt Tribute to Vir Chakra Awardee Who Sacrificed His Life in the Line of Duty
Chennai, 26 July (City Times): In a solemn ceremony in Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin paid homage to Major Mariappan Saravanan, a decorated soldier and Vir Chakra awardee, who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Kargil War. On the eve of the 24th anniversary of India’s victory in “Operation Vijay” against infiltrating Pakistani troops, CM Stalin laid a wreath at the memorial of the esteemed war hero.
Dignitaries Accompanying the Chief Minister
Accompanied by Duraimurugan, the Minister for Water Resources, K.N.Nehru, the Minister for Municipal Administration, Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi, the Minister for School Education, and District Collector M.Pradeep Kumar, Chief Minister Stalin visited the memorial located in the Cantonment area of the city to pay his respects.
Honoring the Fallen Hero
Joining CM Stalin in honoring Major Saravanan were senior army officials of the 117th Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army) of Tiruchirapalli, along with esteemed revenue and police officials, who also laid wreaths and paid their heartfelt tributes. (Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin)
A Heroic Tale of Sacrifice
During the Kargil War, Major Saravanan, serving in the Bihar Regiment, was assigned the daunting task of capturing “Point 4268,” a heavily fortified Pakistani position in the Batalik sub-sector of Kargil, positioned at an astounding height of 14,229 feet. On May 28, 1999, despite facing intense firing from the intruding Pakistani forces, Major Saravanan, codenamed ‘Chengiz Khan’ for the operation, displayed extraordinary courage and eliminated four intruders beforemaking the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. His body was recovered 45 days later, after the war concluded.
A Legacy of Valor
Major Saravanan’s indomitable spirit and bravery earned him the well-deserved title of the “Hero of Batalik” within military circles. Hailing from Tiruchirapalli, his heroic actions left an indelible mark on the nation, and he continues to be remembered with deep respect and admiration. (Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin)
A Solemn Occasion of Remembrance
As Tamil Nadu remembers Major Mariappan Saravanan’s selfless sacrifice and unwavering commitment to the nation’s defense, the memorial ceremony serves as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by brave soldiers like him, inspiring future generations to uphold the values of courage and dedication in the service of the country. (Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin)