Ferozepur, September 12
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday paid tributes to the soldiers of the historic Saragarhi battle on its 124th anniversary.
The chief minister digitally paid obeisance in Gurdwara Saragarhi in the course of the state-level martyrdom day perform.
In his handle, he additionally recalled the valour of the 22 soldiers of the thirty sixth Sikh stationed close to Samana ridge (now in Pakistan), who laid down their lives after a fierce battle following an assault by almost 10,000 Afghans on September 12, 1897.
Giving the background, the chief minister mentioned so as to quell the disturbances within the Pathan areas, 4 columns of the then British Indian Army had been despatched by General Lockhart.
Of these, thirty sixth Sikh comprising 21 Sikh soldiers and a cook dinner, was assigned the duty of defending Saragarhi an commentary publish to be sure that the communication between Fort Lockhart and Fort Gulistan is just not disrupted.
“On September 12, 1897 morning, Pathans of Afridi and Orakzai tribes in big numbers attacked the Saragarhi publish. The Pathans calls for for give up had been rebuffed strongly by Havaldar Ishar Singh.
“Soon the assault ensued, prompting Ishar Singh to ship a sign to his superior Colonel Houghton who requested them to maintain positions,” mentioned Singh, including the battle continued until mid-afternoon and each Sikh soldier fired 400-500 rounds of ammunition.
The chief minister additional mentioned all of the efforts to ship assist to the besieged soldiers had been unsuccessful owing to a big quantity of tribal Pathans.
At final, Sepoy Gurmukh Singh despatched the final sign to Colonel Houghton and picked up the gun to combat. None of the soldiers surrendered and all had been martyred.
The CM additional mentioned it is usually a matter of pleasure that the statue of Havaldar Ishar Singh is being unveiled right now in Wolverhampton within the United Kingdom.
Paying glowing tributes to the martyrs on the event, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi mentioned the martyrdom of these Sikh soldiers was recognised all around the world with even Queen Victoria acknowledging the identical and awarding the very best gallantry award at the moment, Indian Order of Merit (IOM), equal to Param Vir Chakra, to every martyr.
While releasing a brochure on Saragarhi, the minister mentioned the sacrifices of these soldiers could be ever remembered by every person. PTI