JK Tyre Himalayan Drive 7 winners donate prize money for Pulwama attack martyrs families

first_imgThe JK Tyre Himalayan Drive 7, India’s only international TSD (Time, Speed, Distance) rally, ended on an intense, patriotic note with the participants paying homage to the martyrs of the Pulwama terror strike and the winners dedicating their victories to the country’s armed forces.The three-time champions, Ajgar Ali and Mohammed Musthafa decided to donate their entire prize money of Rs 1 lakh to a fund that will help the families of the CRPF soldiers who tragically passed away in Pulwama on February 14.The rally’s prize distribution ceremony at Club Montana Vista in Siliguri commenced with the national anthem and was followed by a two-minute silence in memory of the victims of the terror attack at Pulwama.The dignitaries, the competitors and the organisers, lit candles in front of a collage of portraits of the Pulwama martyrs. Air Commodore (retired) S.K. Agarwal, speaking on behalf of India’s armed forces, recalled his training as a fighter pilot and the commitment of soldiers to sacrifice their lives for the country. He also recalled interacting with Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was a high school student when Agarwal was posted at an IAF base along with Abhinandan’s father Air Marshal (retired) S Varthaman.At the prize distribution ceremony that followed, most of the winners in the various categories dedicated their successes to the country’s armed forces.Rally champion Ajgar Ali from the port town of Haldia in West Bengal announced that he would donate his prize money to the CRPF welfare fund for martyrs’ families.advertisementAjgar’s younger brother Shaikh Ibrahim, who came fourth in the open category, also dedicated his victory to India’s armed forces and thanked the country’s soldiers for guarding the country in the face of extreme adversities.The winners in the other categories also paid homage to the armed forces and to the martrys.Also Read | ICC to BCCI: Severing cricket ties with countries not our domainAlso Read | Virat Kohli salutes real hero Wing Commander Abhinandan: I bow down to youAlso Read | BCCI pays tribute to Abhinandan Varthaman: You rule the skies and you rule our heartsAlso Read | Real Kashmir reveal reason for not tweeting on Pulwama. Very convenient, says Ranjit BajajAlso Read | Exclusive: Secure or not? Minerva Punjab, Real Kashmir in war of words over Srinagar matchlast_img