9th April holds special importance in the eyes of the Central Reserve Police Force where they commemorate the sacrifice the valor of the CRPF soldiers, who were martyred on the same day in 1965, as Valour Day. Today, as CRPF celebrates its 54th Valour Day, let’s remember the brave hearts who martyred while in serving their nation.
It was the 9th of April in the year 1965 when 150 CRPF soldiers were stationed at the Sardar Post in the Rann Of Kutch. In the ensuing night, about 3500 soldiers of the 51st Infantry of the Pakistani army invaded India lands with the objective to capture the land guarded by the Indian soldiers. While the Pakistani infantry consisted of 18 Punjab battalion, 8 Frontier Rifles, and 6 Baluch battalion, the Indian side had only 150 CRPF soldiers stationed at the Sardar post.
In the fierce fight which ensued for over 12 hours, the Indian soldiers gave a tough resistance and a brilliant display of valor and strategic intelligence. Finally, our soldiers were able to push back the enemy, killing 34 of them and capturing 4 alive. However, we too lost 6 precious lives.
In spite of being hugely outgunned in the number of men as well as arsenals and having a disadvantageous terrain, our men proved that Indian army sure can handle any challenges to protect its nation.
Today, on this auspicious occasion, Mr. RamNath Kovind paid his homage to the soldiers as well as awarded 6 gallantry awards posthumously. Till date, 1413 soldiers have been awarded gallantry awards, including 1 Ashok Chakras, 1 Kirti Chakra, 1 Vir Chakra, and 13 Shaurya Chakra. Today, on this day of sacrifice and valor, let us not all the soldiers who have laid down their lives in the service of this nation because no life is small and no sacrifice, useless.