Vijay Diwas observed in Assam

Tezpur: Remembering its valiant heroes who laid down lives in the Bangladesh liberation war, the Gajraj Corps of the Indian Amry observed 'Vijay Diwas' here on Friday.

Chief of Staff of Gajraj Corps, Maj Gen D K Purohit, laid a wreath at the War Memorial here and the contingent of the Ceremony Guard sounded the 'last post'.

A two-minute silence was observed in remembrance of the soldiers who laid down their lives on this day in 1971.

The valour of Indian armed forces was testimony to the fact that the combined might of the Army, Navy, Air Force and the para-military forces achieved a decisive victory over Pakistan, said army spokesman here Col N N Joshi.

"It led to the largest surrender of more than 90,000 Pakistani soldiers. The multi-pronged swift operation by the armed forces was executed with great precision which led to the formation of Bangladesh from erstwhile East Pakistan," Col Joshi said.

He said the biggest challenge for the Corps was crossing the mighty Meghna river without crossing expedients as the bridge was destroyed by withdrawing Pakistani troops. The river was crossed by helicopters and local craft.