Arunachal Guv attends launch of documentary on Lt Col Ajit Bhandarkar

Itanagar, April 2 : Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Retd) Dr BD Mishra attended the launching of ‘The Saga of a Braveheart – It is glory to die doing one’s duty’, a documentary on Late Lieutenant Colonel Ajit V Bhandarkar, by on Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekar at New Delhi on Saturday. The documentary, launched as part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, showcases the valour and bravery of Late Lt Col Bhandarkar, who in spite of being grievously injured eliminated three militants before succumbing to his injuries. For this act of courage and supreme sacrifice, Lt Col Bhandarkar was awarded Shaurya Chakra posthumously. Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said that Lt Col Bhandarkar, a brave officer of 18th Battalion of Madras Regiment, in the gallant and best traditions of the Indian Army, laid down his life fighting the Kashmiri terrorists for the defence of the nation. His battle prowess and chivalry are worthy of emulation by all of us, he said. The Governor complimented Shakuntala Bhandarkar, who, after the departure of Lt Col Bhandarkar, with great fortitude and willpower not only brought up her children but also made them join the security forces. Her eldest son Major Nirbhay Bhandarkar has joined his father’s Battalion i.e. 18 MADRAS (Mysore) and the second son Lieutenant Commander Akshay Bhandarkar has become an officer in the Elite Submarine Corps of Indian Navy. Brig Mishra said that in the Armed Forces, the officers and jawans make all the sacrifices in the highest spirit of our patriotism and for the sovereignty, ty and integrity of the nation. “Equally and axiomatically, it becomes the obligation of the society to take care of the Veer Naris and their families. The society, therefore, must never forget the sacrifices of the soldiers and must recall it, always and every time,” he said. Col of the Regiment, Lt Gen Manjinder Singh, War Widows Association president Damayanti Tambay and veterans and officers of Madras Regiment were present on the occasion. TD BM

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