Jammu Tawi, December 5
The war heroes of Chhamb Battle of 1971 were remembered and paid obeisance in a simple yet befitting ceremony on 05 December at Pannu War Memorial, Akhnoor under the Crossed Sword Division. A contingent of 5 SIKH comprising of Junior Commissioned Officers and other ranks were also present to pay homage to the heroes of the battle. During the 1971 Indo- Pakistan War a Company of 5 SIKH, was entrusted with the vital role of defending important approaches to Chhamb Sector under the leadership of Maj DS Pannu. Over a period of four days, the brave soldiers successfully repulsed as many as fourteen attacks launched by the enemy, thereby successfully foiling the designs of Pakistan Army in the sector. The brave soldiers stood fast till the end despite all odds and inflicted prohibitive losses on the enemy. Many of them, including Maj DS Pannu, the Company Commander sacrificed their lives in the line of duty in the finest traditions of the Indian Army. On this solemn occasion, the General Officer Commanding, Crossed Swords Division, Col NJS Pannu (Retd), brother of late Maj DS Pannu, VrC (Posthumous) and other serving and retired soldiers laid a wreath at the Pannu War Memorial. Kirtan, Ardas and Guru ka Langar were also organised at the memorial, which is located on the outskirts of Akhnoor on Akhnoor-Jourian road. A number of civil administration officials and locals also attended the ceremony and paid their respects at the memorial.