Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav: CINCAN Lt. General Ajay Singh dedicates ‘Sankalp Memorial’ to nation
The Commander-in-Chief Andaman Nicobar Command, CINCAN Lt. General Ajai Singh dedicated ‘Sankalp Smarak’ to the nation to commemorate the landing of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in Port Blair 78 years ago ie on 29th Dec. 1943. Netaji was on a short trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands during last days of 1943.
Every year 30th Dec. is being celebrated as first tricolor hoisting at Port Blair, as free land from British Rule, by Netaji in 1943 as the Supreme Commander of INA. The Japanese handed over the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to Netaji.
The Smarak consists of Netaji’s Statue at the top. The Smarak has been put up nearly at the precise location where Netaji’s plane was landed. At that time it was a Japanese Air Station.
The CINCAN unveiled the Sankalp Smarak under Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav situated at Naval Air Station, INS Utkrosh, managed by Indian Navy. The station is just alongside the runway of Port Blair Airport.
Addressing the occasion CINCAN said that It symbolizes not only Netaji but every unknown soldier of Indian National Army, who fought for the cause, who gave his then tomorrow for our today.