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Fallen IPKF War Heroes in Operation Pawan Remembered at Palaly

[2017-01-27 15:30:10]

Soldiers of Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) who paid the supreme sacrifice during their missions in Sri Lanka between July 1987 and March 1990 were remembered in a brief but solemn ceremony on 26th January 2017 at the IPKF monument in Palaly. This ceremony was held to celebrate the 67th Republic day of India.

Mr. A Natarajan, Consulate General of India in Jaffna, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. A brief introduction on the history of the event was followed by a two minute silence in honor of the fallen heroes. Later, Mr. A. Natarajan, Consulate General of India in Jaffna and Major General Mahesh Senanayaka, Commander Security Force (Jaffna), paid floral tributes to the monument.

During Operation Pawan conducted by the IPKF on 12th October 1987, LTTE terrorists opened indiscriminate fire at soldiers of the 10 Indian Para Regiment half way their Heli Landing to the Jaffna University premises which was then, the Tactical Headquarters of LTTE, blatantly violating the Geneva Convention passed in 1949.

33 Indian soldiers, including Lieutenant Colonel Arun Kumar Chhabra, who laid their lives for the sake of territorial integrity of their friendly neighboring country, were remembered in the IPKF memorial at Palaly.

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