Kargil, Jul 7 : A trekking expedition to Tololing Top was undertaken by the 2 Rajputana Rifles (RAJRIF) to commemorate the victory in the Battle of Tololing during the 1999 Kargil War, a defence ministry spokesperson said on Sunday.
Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that the battle of Tololing was a turning point in the progress of operations during the 1999 Kargil War when all major heights were occupied by Pakistani intruders at the Line of Control (LoC) in this border district of Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir.
'The iconic Tololing feature stands aloft in Drass Sector as testimony to the sacrifice, grit and perseverance of troops of the Indian Army who were undeterred to recapture this feature occupied by enemy intruders,' he said.
Col Kalia said commemorating this epic victory as part of the 20th anniversary of the Kargil War, one such event was undertaken on Saturday by 2 RAJRIF; the Battalion who stood the test of time during this battle.
A trekking expedition to Tololing Top was undertaken by 2 RAJRIF to honour and celebrate the victory achieved 20 years ago amidst harsh terrain and weather conditions. The objective of the trek during these celebrations was to evoke the spirit of patriotism and pay homage to the gallant soldiers of the Kargil War,' he said.
The trekking team of the 2 RAJRIF consisting one officer, one Junior Commissioned Officer and 12 other ranks were flagged off from Jaisalmer on June 22, 2019.
After inducting into Leh, the team completed its mandatory acclimatisation and necessary preparations by July 3, 2019. The team then set forth on the arduous task of summiting Tololing Top and successfully completed the same today. At the summit, the team was received by Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, General Officer Commanding in Chief Northern Command.
The General officer lauded the efforts of the trekking team and reaffirmed the objective of the trek to foster the spirit of patriotism and pay homage to all gallant soldiers who had fought the Kargil War. The Kargil war was declared over after Indian soldiers pushed back the Pakistani troops on July 26, 1999. (UNI)