UDHAMPUR, MAY 17: Wrestler Nirmal of Master Chandgi Ram Akhara Delhi lifted ’20th Annual Bhamag Kesari-2018′ title by defeating Wrestler Mustba Kamal (Bablu) of Basantgarh of Udhampur District in a very tough fight here at Sardabbar, Kalsote on the sidelines of Shiv Parvati Mela. The Minister of State for Finance, Planning, Law & Justice, Ajay Nanda was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The Dangal was organized by J&K Indian Style Wrestling Association in collaboration with J&K Police, Tourism Department, J&K Bank Moungri and Bhamag Dangal Committee. President, J&K Indian Style Wrestling Association, Shiv Kumar Sharma and General Secretary, Udhampur District Indian Style Wrestling Association, Om Parkash Verma supervised the event.
While addressing the gathering, Nanda appreciated efforts of organizers for organizing such a mega event in far flung hilly area of the district. He appealed to young generation to take up wrestling for healthier and bright future. Later, the Chief Guest presented cash prizes to the winner and runner-up wrestlers.
In all, 25 bouts were played during the daylong historic Dangal. The winner of 1st bout was awarded a cash-prize of Rs 5000 alongwith traditional Gurj and Patta while runner-up wrestler Bablu got Rs 3000. The second bout was won by Salman of Chopra Shop who defeated Nitesh of Delhi, whereas 3rd bout was won by Sadiq of Domana Akhara Delhi who defeated Krishan of Delhi, while 4th bout was won by Vijay of Bai Bajaltha by defeating Govinda of Delhi.
Members of Bhamag Kesari Dangal Committee and Technical officials who helped in conduct of the event included Swantanter Dev Kotwal, Hans Raj Thakur, Jagdish Chander, Om Parkash Verma, Virender Badyal, Tulinder Kumar and Laxhman Dass Katoch.
President J&K Indian Style Wrestling Association Shiv Kumar Sharma thanked District Administration Udhampur, J&K Police, Tourism Department, J&K Bank, Information Department, Department of Youth Services and Sports, Radio Kashmir Jammu, Doordarshan, Welfare Forum (Regd) Katra, Wrestlers, Technical officials, Members of Wrestling Association and others for supporting the event. He further informed that around 7000-8000 people of Panchari, Moungri and other adjoining areas witnessed the Dangal.