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Udhampur: Wrestler Ajay Sharma of Landen Power House Udhampur lifted 21st Annual Bhamag Kesari title defeating Bhola of Bahadurgarh in Haryana in the main bout at Sardabbar, Kalsote (Moungri) in block and Tehsil Moungri of district Udhampur.
This Dangal, part of the three-day Moungri Mela, was organised by J&K Indian Style Wrestling Association in collaboration with J&K Police Department, J&K Tourism Department, J&K Bank Moungri and Bhamag Dangal Committee under the overall supervision of President J&K Indian Style Wrestling Association, Shiv Kumar Sharma.
Mela Officer, Tehsildar Moungri, Pankaj Singh Bahu was the Chief Guest, who witnessed the contest and encouraged the youth to take part in rural sports in a big way. He later presented titles and cash prizes in the presence of Presiding Guest, Shiv Kumar Sharma, who holds the post of Treasurer in Indian Style Wrestling Association of India and is former Joint Secretary J&K State Sports Council (JKSSC).
Chairman Lord Shiva Parvati Caves Shrine (Moungri), Advocate Swatanter Dev Kotwal, Hemant Singh (DySP), Sameer Jelani (DySP), Farooq (SHO), Varinder Kumar Badyal (State President International Human Right Council Youth Sports and Skills) were Guests of Honour.
Prominent persons present were Gopal Krishan (Retd ZEO), Channay Ram (Retd ZEO), Sukhdev Singh (Vice President of Senior Citizens Welfare Forum Katra), Hans Raj Thakur (Sarpanch), Des Raj (Sarpanch), Babu Ram Sharma, Sansar Chand, Darshan Lal Gupta, Chuni Lal, Amar Nath (Headmaster), Rakesh Kumar (Teacher), Kuldeep Sharma (PEM), Sanjeev Sharma (Teacher), Sat Paul Verma and Lochan Singh.
In all, 21 bouts were decided in this day-long Dangal, including three in women’s section. Winner of the main bout Ajay Sharma was awarded with cash prize of Rs. 11,000 while runner-up, Bholla got Rs 10,000. In the second bout, Salman of Chopra Shop Udhampur defeated Yudhvir of Delhi.
Salman was awarded with a cash prize of Rs 6,000 while Yudhvir received Rs. 5,000. In another second main bout, Vikas of Delhi outplayed Shotu of Jindrah. Vikas received Rs 6,000 and Shottu got Rs 5,000.
In third bout, Murad Ali of Domana Akhara defeated Liaqat Ali of Bajrangi Akhara Jammu to received cash prize of Rs 5,000.
Promising young wrestler, Ashok Singh of Government High School Ser Sundwan in district Reasi was honoured by Shiv Kumar Sharma and was given gifts and diet supplements in addition to Rs 1.000 cash incentive.
Shiv Sharma, who is also Patron-in-Chief of Lord Shiva Parvati Caves Shrine Moungri Development Board, informed that a strong gathering of around 5000 people witnessed the wrestling event.
He thanked Deputy Commissioner Udhampur, Dr. Piyush Singla, SSP Udhampur, Rajeev Pandey, Director Tourism, Om Parkash Bhagat, Zonal Head J&K Bank, Anand Pal Singh, Department of Information and Department of Youth Services and Sports (DYSS), Radio Kashmir Jammu for the support and encouragement.
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