“July 26, 1999, was the day when Indian forces registered their victory over Pakistan army, paying a heavy price for fighting a war. Indian forces lost a number of its soldier and Himachal Pradesh was recognised as the state that made maximum sacrifices in the war but the local urban body has forgot to maintain sanctity of park established to remember martyrs,” said Lakshmender Guleria, a social activist of the town.
Guleria added that the Kargil Park in Seri Manch area had been neglected by Mandi Municipal Council, where names and pictures of as many as 10 martyrs of the Kargil War were pasted. The civic body built a tin shed in the park and the same was used as store for keeping cleaning tools.
“Interestingly, the park has no monument or sign of great war remembrance, whereas the civic body has covered a prime land of the town and named after it Kargil Park to avoid public objections,” he added.
Guleria said family of few martyrs met him and asked him to raise the issue otherwise they would approach President of India.
He added it was not less than a joke that the MC had a named the space after Great War whereas the space had nothing to do with the war memories and respect of the martyrs.
“I have raised the matter with the local authorities in the past to shift Kargil Park at the top of Tarna Hills and make sure the space is used for commercial purpose as the town is already facing crunch of parking and commercial activity space,” he claimed.
Moreover, the civic body has no other choice other than shifting the park to maintain respect of the martyrs as the state high court has put a stay on any construction on the land due to Raj Mahal property case, he said.