A total of 930 men and women took part in the run and each of the Jawans ran about 400 to 500 meters Credit: Twitter screengrab

To pay homage to the 1971 war heroes, Border Security Force personnel ran a 180–kilometer relay race at Anupgarh in Rajasthan’s Bikaner. The race which was held between the night of December 13-14, was completed in 11 hours and saw the participation of 930 men and women. Each of the Jawans ran about 400-500 meters.

Kiran Rijiju minister of (State for Youth Affairs and Sports) shared a video of the race and encouraged the participants. “BSF honoured the war heroes of 1971 war today in style! 180 km baton relay race was run by 930 BSF boys and girls in the midnight at the international border and completed in less than 11 hours,” tweeted Rijiju.

The event was held at the APJ Abdul Kalam Stadium in Anupgarh, where the soldiers from BSF who were involved in the 1971 war were paid due respects. It was part of Vijay Diwas celebrations, which are held every year to mark the great victory liberating Bangladesh from Pakistan in 1971.

The liberation war was fought from December 3, 1971, to December 16, 1971,when Pakistan surrendered and called for a unilateral casefile.

On this auspicious day even Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tribute to the soldiers by lightning the ‘Swarna Vijay Mashal’ on National War Memorial, Delhi.

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