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'As a soldier's daughter, the deaths always feel personal'

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June 17, 2020 14:50 IST
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'The sacrifice of their lives and the sacrifice of their families will always leave a void.'

IMAGE: Havildar K Pazhani, who would have retired from the Indian Army next year, was one of the 20 Indian soldiers murdered by Chinese soldiers in the Galwan Valley on Monday night.

Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Anushka Sharma and other film folk have expressed their pain and sadness over the killing of Indian Army personnel in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh.

As many as 20 Indian Army personnel, including a colonel, were killed on Monday night.

Taking to Twitter, Bachchan quoted the iconic lines from Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo penned by poet Kavi Pradeep.

'Zara aankh mein bhar lo paani, jo shaheed hue hai unki, zara yaad karo kurbani...' They sacrificed their lives to protect our country, to keep us safe and secure. Salute Indian Army Officers and Jawans! Jai Hind,' Bachchan, who played Colonel Damle -- a character based on then Colonel Y K Joshi in Lakshya; Lieutenant General Joshi is now the Northern Army commander in charge of the Ladakh military theatre -- said.

'Deeply saddened by the death of our bravehearts in #GalwanValley. We will forever be indebted to them for their invaluable service to the nation. My heartfelt condolences to their families,' Akshay posted.

Anushka -- whose father Colonel Ajay Sharma served in the Indian Army -- said as a 'soldier's daughter', the death of an army officer always 'hurt hard and feel personal'.

'The sacrifice of their lives and the sacrifice of their families will always leave a void. I pray for peace and I pray for strength for the brave bereaved families #IndianArmy #JaiJawan,' Anushka tweeted.

 

IMAGE: Manjula Babu, whose son Colonel Santosh Babu was murdered by Chinese soldiers in the Galwan Valley on Monday.

Hrithik Roshan -- who played Captain Karan Shergil in Lakshya -- described the deaths of the soldiers as 'painful'.

'It leaves me with a heavy heart to know of the lives lost in Ladakh and the unrest we are faced with. Our defence stands tall on ground. My highest respect to the martyred in the line of duty. Condolences and prayers for their families. May the departed and living find peace,' Hrithik tweeted.

Taapsee Pannu: 'As if Corona was not enough to fight with now we have to lose our brave hearts as well! Every soldier martyred is a loss no one can compensate for. The families of those soldiers lost their peace for a long time to come so that we all can have a sound sleep. Indebted.'

Farhan Akhtar -- who directed the memorable military movie epic Lakshya set during the Kargil War -- saluted the martyrs for their 'courage and for the ultimate sacrifice in defending our borders' and offered his condolences to their families.

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