Dhoni ends J&K trip, visits Kargil war memorial

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Published: Thursday, June 7, 2012, 15:36 [IST]
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Dhoni visits Kargil War Memorial

Srinagar, Jun 7: Team India skipper MS Dhoni visited the Kargil War Memorial to pay homage to the martyrs, winding up his five-day visit to the state on Wednesday.

Dhoni, who is Army's goodwill ambassador and an honorary Lt Colonel, arrived at the Kargil helipad where he was received by Brigadier Shami Raj, defence sources said.

The India captain having laid a wreath at Kargil War Memorial, paid homage to the martyrs. He also interacted with the officers and Jawans of the army and villagers of Kaksar, the sources said.

Having been associated with the Army for a such activities, Dhoni said he was interested in joining the army before starting his career as a cricketer, but instead joined the Indian Railways.

"I am fortunate that now I am able to be a part of Indian Army," said Dhoni.

"I am not here to boost Indian Army. To see the jawans serving in such a situation really boosted me further," he added.

With this, Dhoni completed his five-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir during which he visited forward areas in Rajouri in Jammu region, Baramulla in Kashmir and Karu in Ladakh region. Dhoni's visit to Siachen the highest battleground in the world had to be cancelled due to inclement weather. He will return to Delhi on Thursday, the sources said.


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