The Army Chief also unveiled a memorial in Hamid’s honour in his ancestral village of Dhamupur in Ghazipur district in Uttar Pradesh and paid his respect to the Hero on his 52nd Martyrdom Day.
GHAZIPUR: Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat on Sunday unveiled a bust of 1965 Indo-Pak war hero Abdul Hamid here in Ghazipur district and felicitated the widow of the soldier who was awarded the Param Vir Chakra, the highest wartime gallantry medal.
Veer Abdul Hamid had destroyed several tanks of the Pakistan Army during the 1965 war in the Lahore sector.
On the occasion of the 52nd anniversary of his supreme sacrifice, Gen. Rawat and his wife Madhulika met Rasoolan Bibi, wife of Company Quartermaster Havildar Hamid, and several other war widows and felicitated them.
The Army chief also bowed down and touched the feet of the 80-year-old widow of the Param Vir Chakra recipient.
Unveiling a memorial in Hamid’s honour in his ancestral village, he exhorted the youth to join the armed forces.
It was first visit of any army chief of the country to the ancestral village of war hero. A park has been developed by the local administration in the memory of Veer Abdul Hamid where every year a function organise by the villagers.
Widows of martyred army personnel and ex servicemen from Ghazipur and nearby districts of UP and Bihar have also been invited by the army at the venue.
Lauding the contribution made by the people of the district to the armed forces, Gen. Rawat said a recruitment drive will be held soon in Ghazipur to encourage the youth to join the Army and contribute to the country’s security.
On the Dokalam issue, Gen. Rawat said India and China have held talks and the situation there is under control.“Jahan Hindustan ki sena khadi hai, wahan khatra kisi aur se nahi hai [where the Indian Army is present, there is no threat from anyone],” the Army Chief said.