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7 Infantry Division / Golden Arrow Division

7 Infantry Division is known as Golden Arrow Division, but the golden arrow seems to have no special place in Hindu mythology.

A two day exhibition on Army equipment was organised at Sarvatra Ground by the Golden Arrow Division at Ferozepur. The display was organised with a view to encourage civil-military interaction as well as to highlight the achievements of the army. The display was inaugurated by Maj Gen Munish Sibal, General Officer Commanding, Golden Arrow Division. The display was held on the theme 'Indian Army-A Saga of Valour and Sacrifice'. The achievements of the Indian Army in anti terrorist operations, welfare projects for civilian/ex servicemen and assistance to civil administration were highlighted. The equipment included modern weaponry, tanks, BMPs, rocket launchers, artillery guns of different types and various types of rifles and signal equipment. Medical and surveillance devices were also displayed.v A public display of latest high-tech equipment was organised by the Golden Arrow Division at Ferozepur in January 2008. The display was organised in order to highlight various achievements of Army in professional fields, humanitarian aid and service rendered to civil authorities. It also aimed at motivating the youth to join defence forces. The display was inaugurated by Maj Gen Munish Sibal, General Officer Commanding Golden Arrow Division. The 561 Sub Group (ASCON) participated in the 'Know Your Army' exhibition at Fort Williams. The exhibition was inaugurated by Maj Gen AM Verma, GOC, Bengal Area. At the exhibition, the unit established a stall where signal equipment like optical fibre, communication cables, optical talk set and jointing kit were displayed.

A similar exhibition was organised at Deoghar, Jharkhand also. The show aimed at educating the local residents on the "Army way of life" through hand-on experience. Customary fanfare marked the inauguration of the event by Lt Gen Gautam Dutt, Officiating General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Central Command. The three-day event consisted of a numbers of displays and stalls exhibiting various equipment, weapons and information about all arms of the Indian Army besides the National Cadet Corps (NCC), Ex-servicemen Combined Health Scheme (ECHS), disaster management and vintage weapons. A photo gallery and documentary films showcasing Army achievements in war and peace were the other highlights of the exhibition. The breathtaking activities like tent pegging, equestrian dispaly, microlite display, motorcycle display, dog show, free fall from MI-17 helicopter, para sailing and para-motor show kept the spectators enthralled.

A monument at Ferozepore, where 7 Infantry Division is headquartered, - the Barki Memorial - was set up in 1969 in memory of those soldiers of the 7 Infantry Division who laid down their lives on the battlefield in 1965, and paved the way for the fall of Barki. The Barki Memorial was constructed in 1969 to perpetuate the memory of the soldiers of the 7 Infantry Division who made the Supreme sacrifice on the battle field in 1965 and paved the way for the fall of Barki a town situated at a distance of 15 miles South East of Lahore. The foundation stone of this memorial was laid by Lt Gen Harbakhsh Singh VC on September 11,1969 and unveiling ceremony was performed by Lt Gen HK Sibal MVC. The memorial which now forms a part of Saragarhi Complex has a pillar in the centre, a Patten tank and a Barki mile stone on the south and a water fountain on the North The pillar is 27 feet high and is built of red and white sand stone and gneise. The mouldings and relief carvings are in the classical Indian architectural style. The fountain denotes symbolically that the memory of those who laid down their lives will for ever remain green and lush by an abundant spray of water.

Ferozepur is called 'Shaheedon ki dharti' (the land of martyrs). Even today one can see the building in Toori Bazaar, which was used, as the secret headquarters by the revolutionary trio - Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev. On the first floor of the building, the three revolutionaries manufactured bombs, while on the ground floor, one of their associates, Gaya Pershad, practiced medicine. Just a day after moving in, Bhagat Singh, who was a Sikh, got his long hair cut by Gajjanand, a barber, across the road. This was done to escape the police. When the news of the murder of Saunders, Assistant Superintendent of Police, reached Ferozepore, Dr Gaya Pershad disappeared from the scene. Saunders was shot dead by Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev in Lahore on December 17, 1928. Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were sentenced to death in the Lahore conspiracy case and ordered to be hanged on March 24, 1931. But, in view of great upsurge in the country, the Britishers hanged them on March 23, 1931, at 7.30 p.m. The bodies of the three martyrs were cremated under cover of darkness on the banks of Sutlej, about 10 km from Ferozepore. After Partition, the cremation spot went to Pakistan but on January 17, 1961, when India and Pakistan exchanged enclaves, the site came back to India. A Shaheedi conference is held there every year on March 23 to pay homage to the martyrs.

Sun starts setting, the weird silence on the Hussainiwala border, 11 km away from Ferozepur, is ruptured by the clattering and thunderclap of heavy boots of the well-dressed in Kahki uniform, Indian BSF Jawans who equalize their counter part, the sound of Peshawari Chapples of salwar-kurta dressed Pakistani Rangers and both of them match their every movement, motion and step with each other, under the loud commands of their picket commanders for the 40-minute retreat ceremony done for the de-hoisting of the national flags of both countries with full honour and respect on every evening. The visit of any dignity, tourist, relative or a friend to this border district remained futile without paying their visit to joint check post at Hussianiwala, and those who visit here feel get a feeling of being present in the different world. The sound of patriot songs flying in the air, intensify the feeling of Patriotism among the audience and every action of these BSF heroes is applauded by the numberless claps by them, which also provide these nation- guards a feeling of honour. People from far away visit here to watch the robust BSF Jawans competing their counterpart to prove an edge over them.

In 2000 the 4 Artillery Brigade defeated 7 Infantry Brigade by 27 runs to win the Red Eagle Inter Formation Cricket Championship held at Allahabad. The winners cup of the championship was handed over to Col VK Sinha, the officiating Commander of the Artillery Brigade by the General Officer Commanding of Red Eagle Division, Maj Gen DP Singh. The Red Eagle Inter Formation Cricket Championship was played between various teams under Red Eagle Division at Lucknow, Kanpur, Faizabad and Allahabad on round robin league basis. The teams of 4 Artillery Brigade and 7 Infantry Brigades reached the finals which was played at Allahabad. The Artillery Brigade went on to bat first and scored 139 runs in 24.4 overs. In reply, the 7 Infantry Brigade team were all out for 113 runs in 23.1 over.



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