The flypast was an effort by the country’s armed forces to honour doctors, paramedics, sanitation staff, police and other frontline workers battling the virus.
The IAF choppers and jets, including Mig-29, Sukhoi-30 and Jaguar, conducted flypasts and Army bands played patriotic tunes outside medical buildings in most districts across the country from east to west and north to south.
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The armed forces showered petals at the Goa medical college, SNM hospital in Leh, Jaipur in Rajasthan, Rajpath and police memorial in Delhi, Sukhna lake in Chandigarh, Srinagar’s Dal Lake, Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, Panchkula hospitals in Haryana and the Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences in Bhubaneswar.
The medical fraternity and other corona warriors were seen assembled outside the Covid-19 hospitals and other government buildings putting hands on their chest to show honour to the respect to the efforts of Armed forces.
The gesture of thanks started with laying of flowers by the three service chiefs at the police memorial in Delhi in the morning to honour police personnel deployed for enforcement of the nationwide lockdown.
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The gratitude gesture was expressed at a time when 1,301 people have died and nearly 40,000 are infected with the deadly novel coronavirus or Covid-19 pandemic across the country.
Military bands are also played “patriotic tunes” outside various civil hospitals treating coronavirus patients across the country.
The Eastern Naval Command and the Western Naval Command illuminated a number of ships at anchorage from 7.30 pm to midnight.
Here is a glimpse of some of the flypasts conducted by the armed forces to honour Covid warriors —
Two IAF C-130J Super Hercules special operations transport aircraft fly over Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh. The aircraft took off from Srinagar, J&K and flew all the way to Trivandrum in Kerala.
#WATCH Two IAF C-130J Super Hercules special operations transport aircraft fly over Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh. The… https://t.co/S1v4QDMyrH
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IAF chopper showered flower petals on the Police War Memorial in order to express to pay tribute to police officials for their contribution in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.
#WATCH IAF chopper showers flower petals on the Police War Memorial in order to express to pay tribute to police of… https://t.co/YKWa2CNz7e
— ANI (@ANI) 1588478902000
(With inputs from agencie)