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180 km in 11 hrs: A beautiful feat by BSF to honour the 1971 war veterans


To commemorate the Indo-Pak war of 1971, the BSF did something extremely special which has won the hearts of everyone all over social media. In Bikaner, Rajasthan, BSF personal ran a relay of 180 kilometers on the night of 13th and 14th December to honor and remember the 1971 war veterans. The race finished at Anupgarh in less than 11 hours. The race took place along the international border which gave a deeper meaning to the relay race altogether.

Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju tweeted, “BSF honored the war heroes of 1971 war today in style! 180 km baton relay race was run by 930 BSF boys and girls at midnight at the international border and completed in less than 11 hours!”

The Indo-Pak war of 1971 was one of the most major military confrontations between India and Pakistan and happened during the Liberation war of East Pakistan which later became Bangladesh. The war took place over 13 days from 3rd December to 16th December and during the war, Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw was at the helm of leadership and under his command, the Indian forces won the war and captured almost 15,000 km of land in the Western Front but Indian returned it in the 1972 Simla Agreement as a gesture of goodwill. The territory was also captured around Kashmir and was retained by both India and Pakistan and a New Line of Control (LOC) was defined right after the war.

It is believed by many human rights organizations and according to several reports that Islamist militia called Razakars raped and assaulted almost 2,00,000 to 4,00,000 women and girls in a systematic genocidal rape campaign, which is why it was important for India to intervene to make sure that the injustice was no longer in place.

The Indian Army and the Indian Air Force played important roles in making sure we got imminent victory and BSF helped in the Western Front to make sure things went according to plan. The attack on Longewala was fought off by 23 Punjab and BSF troops which were led by Brigadier KS Chandpuri. The infantry halted hundreds of tanks until assistance came from the Indian Air Force. In the end, the Army chief of Pakistan Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi along with 93,000 troops surrendered to the allied forces which also comprised of Indian Army troops.

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