Purnia unfurls 7.1-km-long Tricolour to honour martyrs, Olympians

Published on Aug 20, 2016 06:28 PM IST
More than 5,000 schoolchildren, volunteers and others formed a human chain holding a 7,100-metre Tricolour in Bihar’s Purnia on Saturday.
More than 5,000 schoolchildren, volunteers and others formed a human chain holding a 7,100-metre Tricolour in Bihar’s Purnia on Saturday.(HT Photo)
More than 5,000 schoolchildren, volunteers and others formed a human chain holding a 7,100-metre Tricolour in Bihar’s Purnia on Saturday.(HT Photo)
Hindustan Times | ByAditya Nath Jha, Purnia

More than 5,000 schoolchildren, volunteers and others formed a human chain holding a 7.1-km-long Tricolour in Bihar’s Purnia on Saturday.

The human chain with the Tricolour, without the Asoka Chakra, began from Gulabbagh Zero Mile and culminated at Dagarua on National Highway-31.

Entrepreneur Sunil Kumar Suman, 34, who was the brainchild behind the event, dedicated the “longest ever Tricolour” to soldiers who have laid down their lives for the country and sportspersons who brought laurels to India at the ongoing Olympic Games. A team of Limca Book of World Records was also present on the occasion.

“It is really a remarkable coincidence that we are organising the event just after PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik won medals for India in Rio Olympic Games,” Suman said.

Purnia district magistrate Pankaj Kumar Pal, superintendent of police Nishant Tiwari and many other officials, who were present on the occasion, declared the three-hour exercise historic.

“We walked with children for 7km to ensure that the event went off successfully,” Tiwari said. “Over two lakh people had turned up to witness the event.”

Earlier, the organisers had decided to hold the event on August 15. It was, however, deferred to August 20 at the insistence of the district administration.

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