Ferozepur: As a part of beautification of border town Ferozepur, Major General V Pingale, Kamal Sharma, Member National Executive BJP and Er D P S Kharbanda, Deputy Commissioner, Ferozepur on Friday dedicated Indian Army tank to the public, which has played historical contribution in 1971 war between Indian and Pakistan.
Speaking on the occasion, Major General V Pingale said, Vijayanta tank was the first indigenous tank and was first inducted in Indian Army in 1966 and continued to be a part of Indian Army for four decades. The 105 mm gun fitted on this tank has special feature of cent-per-cent accuracy in targeting at the right place and played an important role in 1971 Indo-Pak war.
On January 10, 2004, was permanently discarded after last its last trials. However, between 2004-2010, all tanks used were imported.
He further said, two tanks – one each at Talwandi Bhai and Ferozepur have been installed which will be source of inspiration and motivation for the coming generation. He, however, appealed to the to come forward to take care of the historical places and keep the city neat and clean as a part of Swachh Bharat campaign.
Kamal Sharma in his address said that with the posting of V Pingale, Major General in Ferozepur – who is from Pune – at the land of martyr has special significance as Rajguru – one of the associate of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, was also from Pune.
He said, the historical places in the city will be source of inspiration for the coming generations and assured the Major General for the regular maintenance of tanks dedicated to the public.
BJP leader Kamal Sharma along with residents at the installation ceremony of the tank in Ferozepur on Friday. DP
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