AMN / GHAZIPUR
Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat today visited ancestral village of 1965 war Hero Veer Abdul Hamid in Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh and paid his respect to the Hero on his 52nd Martyrdom Day.
General Rawat offered wreath on the memorial built in the memory of Abdul Hamid at his native place Dhamupur under Jakhania tehsil of the district and meet his wife Rasoolan Biwi and other family members.
It was first visit of any army chief of the country to the ancestral village of war hero. A park has been developed by the local administration in the memory of Veer Abdul Hamid where every year a function organise by the villagers.
It was an emotional moment for one and all when the Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat bowed down and touched the feet of Rasoolan Bibi, the 80-year-old widow of Param Vir Chakra recipient Abdul Hamid publicly at a function on Sunday.
General Rawat along with his wife Madhulika Rawat visited Dhamupur, the ancestral village of the 1965 martyr to take part in the commemoration ceremony to mark his 52nd anniversary of martyrdom.
Rasoolan Bibi was sitting next to General Rawat on the stage. He got emotional while presenting a memento to the war veteran’s widow, and could not resist himself to touch the feet of the motherly figure. The charged gathering of locals, kin of martyrs and Army veterans applauded the humble gesture by the Army chief.
Hamid posthumously received India’s highest military decoration, the Param Vir Chakra, for his sacrifice during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965. Widows of martyred army personnel and ex servicemen from Ghazipur and nearby districts of UP and Bihar have also been invited by the army at the venue.