Srinagar: On the third day of its journey through South Kashmir, Victory Flame entered the historic and picturesque town of Shopian. The Commanding Officer Rashtriya Rifles, Panzgam received the flame at Khanabal Military Garrison and escorted it through Malangpura, Pulwama to Shopian Town where it was received with ardent fervor and jubilation by school children, local youth, government officials, veterans and serving Security Forces personnel.
The flame was then handed over to Sector Commander Rashtiriya Rifles, Balapur at Army Goodwill School. Large gathering of local citizens & civil dignitaries including Mr Irfan Manhas, Vice Chairman, District Development Council and Mr Amrit Pal Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police, Shopian paid appropriate tributes to the Victory Flame.
A variety of cultural programmes were organised to mark the event which included patriotic songs by school children. In commemoration of the event, Sector Commander Rashtriya Rifles, Balapur felicitated Ms Zeenat, National Level medalist in Sqay (form of Kashmiri Martial Arts) and other children participating in the event. Finally, the flame was escorted to Headquarters of Balapur Sector Rashtirya Rifles, where it was presented a Guard of Honour.
To mark the special occasion of Swarnim Vijay Varsh a painting competition was organised in various schools around the valley. A total of 570 children took part in the event, which was organised over a span of 15 days among 214 villages. The best entries were selected and students participated in grand finale organised at Zainakot on 17 Jun 21. The grand finale witnessed participation of 108 children, out of which 65 were of category from age group of 06 to 12 years and 43 were of category from age group of 12 years and above. This event was concluded by felicitating the best entries by chief guest for the event Mr Akshay Labroo (SDM, Srinagar West) and Commanding Officer Rashtriya Rifle, Zainkot.