Capt Vikram Batra shooting range inaugurated at PU

CHANDIGARH: Panjab University (PU) dedicated a state-of-the-art indoor shooting range to Kargil war hero Captain Vikram Batra, Param Vir Chakra (PVC), on his martyrdom anniversary here on Saturday.

Capt Vikram Batra shooting range inaugurated at PU

Vishal Batra, twin brother of Param Vir Chakra recipient Capt Vikram Batra, pays floral tributes at the ceremony to name the Panjab University shooting range after the Kargil martyr in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

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Chandigarh, July 7

Panjab University (PU) dedicated a state-of-the-art indoor shooting range to Kargil war hero Captain Vikram Batra, Param Vir Chakra (PVC), on his martyrdom anniversary here on Saturday.

The range has been named as ‘Capt Vikram Batra, PVC, Shooting Range’.

Manpreet Badal, Minister of Finance, Punjab, unveiled the plaque of Captain Batra at the shooting range. He recalled the sacrifice of the martyrs in his speech. Badal urged the youth to take a pledge to fight against the drug menace, bribery, poverty and unemployment.

Captain Vikram Batra’s brother Vishal Batra was also present.

Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover said it was honour for the university to dedicate the shooting range as to the martyr.

The Vice-Chancellor said Captain Batra, a Palampur native, was an alumnus of the PU and stayed at Hostel No 1 on the campus. He pursued MA-English in 1995-96 after completing his BSc from DAV College in Sector 10.

Col Rajiv Kapoor said Capt Batra was passionate to serve his country, compassionate towards subordinates and bravest of all.

Vishal Batra, twin brother of Capt Batra, thanked everyone.

Lt Gen KJ Singh, AVSM (Retd), Maharaja Ranjit Singh Chair Professor, Department of Defence and National Security Studies, PU, made an empathic speech and recalled Capt Batra’s contribution.

Major General K Manmeet Singh and Subedar Sanjay Kumar, PVC, 13 JAK RIF and senior officials of the PU were present.

Earlier, Punjab Finance Minister unveiled the plaque of Shaheed Bhagat Singh at Arts Block II, Panjab University.

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