Tololing, Tiger Hills lit up at Kargil anniversary



Drass (Kashmir): Army on Tuesday night illuminated the Tololing and Tiger Hills, witness to some of the fiercest gunbattles during the 1999 Kargil War, with beacons to commemorate the 12th anniversary of its victory.

The lighting of beacon on the mountain peaks marked the end of the two-day ceremony to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the Kargil victory.

The Umpa La ridge which provides a panoramic view of the Drass town, Mushko Valley, Tiger Hill and the Tololing Hill was also lit up at night.

Tololing Hill, a key outpost used by Pakistani forces, was taken over by the Indian Army after a fierce battle on June 13, 1990.

The Tiger Hill, which became the rallying point during the war after TV news-channels beamed images of heavy shelling by Bofor guns, is the highest peak in the Drass sub-sector.

Kargil War, which began in May 1999, lasted more than two months before Pakistani soldiers, a bulk of them drawn from its Northern Light Infantry, withdrew from the mountain tops they had occupied overlooking the Srinagar-Leh highway.

In the battles with Pakistani forces and irregulars, the Indian Army lost 543 officers, soldiers and jawans, many of whom were posthumously felicitated with gallantry awards.

The Drass War Memorial, where most of the functions of the victory day were held is built at the foothills of the Tololing Hill.

PTI