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Pathsala to honour local Kargil martyr
 PATACHARKUCHI, Oct 4 – ‘Swardha’, a non-governmental organisation of Pathsala is all set to commemorate the brave sacrifice of Parbati Charan Das, first Kargil Martyr from Assam and perhaps the first Indian too, on October 6 synchronising with his 64th death anniversary.

Parbati Charan Das, son of Late Baliram Das, a resident of Pathsala served in the Gorkha Regiment of Indian Army as Signal Lieutenant. He lost his life while on duty. He was deployed in Kargil sector on October 6, 1949. During the war with Pakistan, he was entrusted with the task to establish telephone communication with the company headquarters in Chulichang village on the left bank of Indus river in the Kargil sector. As a skilled swimmer, he attempted to cross the river, when his body was washed away by the turbulent waters.

The then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru wrote a condolence letter to Baliram Das, father of lieutenant Das, mentioning his supreme sacrifice. The entire Army led by the Commander-in-Chief General KM Cariappa condoled the death of lieutenant Das. Though much time has passed, but the Indian Army still remembers his sacrifice by holding football games in his memory, besides other functions.

It is alleged that from the part of the State Government, due honour was not given to him. Even his name is not well-known among the local people. He was an exceptional sportsman. He topped the Indian Army athletic meet in the pole vault and long jump events. During his stay in Calcutta, he was a team member of the Mohan Bagan football team and captivated all with his superb ball control and possession skill.

He passed his matriculation in 1940 from Cotton Collegiate School and subsequently completed training in Bangalore Military Officers’ Training School and joined the Indian Army in 1946.

As a part of the commemoration and tribute paying programme, ceremonial lights will be illuminated by Dinabandhu Das, father of the Kargil martyr Uddhab Das, who sacrificed his life in last Kargil war from Bajali. At 10.30 am, floral tributes will be paid on the portrait of Parbati Charan Das by Lok Nath Das, a relative of Parbati Charan Das. At 10.10 am tributes will be paid by ‘Swardha’ and other organisations of the locality. At 11 am, a documentary titled Sei Mrityu Oporajeyo…: will be released by Ramendra Nath Sarma, ADC of Barpeta.

At 11 am, a commemoration meeting and booklet release programme will be held where Col (retd) Monoranjan Goswami and Major Gen PC Das will be the special guests and Col Ranjit Talukdar will take part as invited guest. The entire programme will conclude at 5-30 pm.

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