May 2007 News

Memorial for 'The Hero of Batalik'

29 May 2007
The Hindu
R. Rajaram

Tiruchi: Memories of the gallant act of 'The Hero of Batalik,' Major Mariappan Saravanan, who embraced martyrdom during the Kargil War, lingered vividly when the memorial erected in his honour was inaugurated here on Tuesday. The opening of the memorial, constructed by the Major Saravanan Memorial Trust, coincided with his martyrdom eight years ago. It was a solemn occasion as Tiruchiites, senior Army officers and civil dignitaries stood up to salute the brave son of the soil for his unparalleled service to the nation by making the supreme sacrifice. 'Indelible imprint of bravado' 'I feel proud and happy as this officer has left an indelible imprint of bravado achieved by few in our country,' said Major General B. Sivasankar, General Officer Commanding, Andhra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka & Kerala Area, while inaugurating the memorial established in the heart of the city at the Vestry School Circle. Saluting Major Saravanan for his bravery, Major General Sivasankar said he would always be remembered fondly by one and all in the Indian Army. It was for his supreme sacrifice that the Army gave him the title 'The Hero of Batalik,' he said. The memorial would inspire more young men and women of Tiruchi to serve the country. Paying his tributes, Major General M.S. Balhara, Colonel Commandant of the Bihar Regiment, said 'The Hero of Batalik' would remain a source of inspiration to the regiment and the Army. Mother lays wreath The first person to lay the wreath after the memorial was opened was the Saravanan's mother Amirthavalli Mariappan, followed by senior Army officers, Collector Ashish Vachhani and Inspector-General of Police, Central Zone, Tiruchi, I. Raja.


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