Army remembers 1999 Srinagar suicide attack martyr

Srinagar, Feb 22: The Indian Army Saturday remembered its martyr who died in a November 1999 guerrilla suicide attack in Srinagar. His bust was unveiled in the Badami Bagh cantonment.

An army statement said: “Nov 3, 1999, terrorists carred out a suicide attack on the Badami Bagh cantonment in Srinagar. At that time, three journalists were present with ex-PRO (defence), Srinagar, late Major Pramod Purushottam, discussing media matters in his office.

“On hearing the sounds of firing and sensing trouble, Major Purushottam without caring for his personal safety, forced the three journalists to take cover in the bathroom attached to his office along with one of the unit personnel. The terrorists, firing indiscriminately, stormed their way into the PRO’s office.

“Late Major Pramod Purushottam bravely fought the terrorists and made the supreme sacrifice while trying to save the lives of those locked in his office complex.

“As a recognition of his supreme sacrifice and as desired by the media fraternity, his bust was unveiled by Lieutenant General Gurmit Singh, GOC, Chinar Corps along with Sitanshu Kar, additional director general (media and communication), at a solemn ceremony in the cantonment.”