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When railway men saved the day for Army

Author: Sangeeta Sharma
Publication: DNAIndia.com
Date: September 10, 2017
URL:   http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-when-railway-men-saved-the-day-for-army-2544435/amp

During the 1965 Indo-Pak war, it was the heroics of railways engine driver of Jodhpur that saved the day for the Indian army. If Shri Krishna Sharma, despite heavy bombardment, had not provided ammunition and logistics to the Indian army it would not have been so easy to win the war against Pakistan.

During the 1965 Indo-Pak war, it was the heroics of railways engine driver of Jodhpur that saved the day for the Indian army. If Shri Krishna Sharma, despite heavy bombardment, had not provided ammunition and logistics to the Indian army it would not have been so easy to win the war against Pakistan.

Not only this, 17 railway workers gave their lives by fixing the damaged Gadra road rail track in one day despite heavy bombing by Pakistanis. During the war in the Gadra sector of Barmer, Pakistani army had captured Munabao on 8th September 1965 and blew up the railway line going to the Gadra road.

The Indian army stationed in Gadara was facing shortage of ammunition and logistics as the supply lines were completely cut off. Regardless of the heavy bombardment of the Pakistan Air Force, the railway staff, repaired the track and restored the supplies. However, 17 railway workers were martyred in the bombardment. Risking his life, Jodhpur’s rail pilot Shri Krishna Sharma despite the bombing made sure that the the train full of ammunition and a logistic reach Gadra. This bravery of Sharma helped the Indian army reach Gadra city and push the Pakistani army back to reoccupy Munabao.

However, during his lifetime Sharma was not honoured for this bravery and service to the nation.Manoj Parihar of North Western Railway Employees Union said Shaheed Mela and tribute meeting will be organised at Gadra road.
 
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