Hundreds flocked to Shahid Smarak – Hamid Dham in Ghazipur on Sunday to attend the Tiranga Yatra.
A heavy turnout was witnessed as people from all walks of life from the city and nearby villages assembled on the grounds for the march.
The Tiranga Yatra is an ongoing tricolour march initiated by the ruling government in the Centre to bring the people of the nation closer. Seen as a nation uniting activity, the yatra has been carried out in other cities of the country as well.
Amid chants of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, people walked and cycled with the tricolour raised high.
National vice-president of the BJP and Rajya Sabha MP from Rajasthan Om Prakash Mathur flagged off the march and delivered a rousing speech to the people.
He reminded the people of the courageous act of bravery of Company Quartermaster Havildar Abdul Hamid, in whose honour the ground is named.
Respects were paid to the soldier who was honoured with the Param Vir Chakra (PVC) posthumously for his selfless act of bravery in the Indo-Pak war of 1965.
Hamid attained martyrdom fighting the Pakistanis in the the Khem Karan sector during the Battle of Asal Uttar.
On September 10, 1965, the valiant soldier used a mounted gun on a jeep to confront approaching Pakistani Army Patton tanks. Defending his position, he was able to destroy three tanks one after the other before his jeep was blown up by the firing of a fourth. But by this time, Indian forces had been able to deal heavy damage to the enemy.