Infantry Day celebrated in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu: To mark the landing of the army in Jammu and Kashmir on October 27, 1947, on the request of then ruler Maharaja Hari Singh, the Indian army’s Udhampur based Northern Command celebrated the Infantry Day on Tuesday.

It was on this day in 1947 that the first company of the Sikh Regiment landed in Jammu and Kashmir to fight the state’s invasion by so-called tribesmen.

To mark the occasion, Lt. General D.S. Hooda, the General Officer Commanding in Chief (GOC-n-C) of the Northern Command, laid a wreath on the “Dhruva Shahid Smarak” in Udhampur in honour of the Infantry members who sacrificed their lives for the honour and safety of the country in Jammu and Kashmir, a defence spokesman told Media Sources in Jammu.

“Infantry is the largest fighting arm of the Indian Army, also known as the ‘Queen of the Battle’.”

“On this occasion, it would be pertinent to recollect that Pakistan Army launched ‘Operation Gulmarg’ early in October 1947 using tribals to annex the state.”

According to the spokesman, the hostilities began early October 1947 when a tribal rebellion was instigated in Poonch district of Kashmir.

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