On the occasion of 20th anniversary of Vijay Diwas, India’s victory over Pakistan in the Kargil war, a renovated memorial for Major M Saravanan, one of the martyrs of the war was unveiled at a roundabout in Trichy on Friday. The renovated memorial has four pillars surrounding the plaque bearing the portrait of Major Mariappan Saravanan.
Each of the four pillars is engraved with Ashoka emblem, Indian army’s logo, Vir Chakra, and logo of Bihar regiment where Saravanan was attached to. Refurbished by Major Sarvanan Memorial Trust at an estimated cost of Rs 8.25 lakh, the memorial near St Vestry school in Cantonment has a stone tablet briefing the valour of martyr at the battlefield who is addressed as the hero of Batalik. Major Saravanan was posthumously awarded Vir Chakra by the Indian government, a gallantry award for the acts of bravery at the battlefield.
Senior officers from the Indian army including from Bihar regiment participated in the inauguration event. School children and youngsters had paid floral tributes at the renovated memorial on the occasion.