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Apr 15, 2010


KATRA: “19th Annual Dera Kesari Vishal Dangal 2010” organised by Dera Baba Banda Bahadur Dangal Committee, Baba Banda Bahadur Sikh Samardai under the aegis of J and K Indian Style Wrestling Association at Holy Shrine Dera Banda Bahadur 28 kms from Katra in Tehsil and District Reasi.
M.L.A Reasi Baldev Raj Sharma was the chief guest and gave away prizes to the winners. President J and K Indian Style Wrestling Association Shiv Kumar Sharma presided over the function. Baba Jatinder Paul Singh Sodhi Gaddinasheen of Dera Baba Banda Bahadur, Tehsidar Reasi, Sher Singh and SDPO Reasi, Abdul Rashid were among distinguished personalities present.
The first main bout was fought between Benia of Basantgarh in District Udhampur of J and K Police V/s Kamal Joti (Billa) Inter University Silver Medalist 2009 of Khanna (Pb.) Benia clinched “19th Dera Kesari 2010” title beating Kamal Joti (Billa ) in   the very tough bout that lasted for 14 minutes.
Winner Benia got Rs 5,000 as cash prize in addition to Silver Gurj (Gadda) and Patta by Shiv Kumar Sharma who is also treasurer Indian Style Wrestling Association of India and Baba Jatinder Paul Singh Sodhi Gaddinasheen of Dera Baba Banda Bahadur. Rs 4,000/- was given to pahalwan Kamal Joti (Billa) (runner-up) by Tehsidar Reasi Sher Singh and SDPO Reasi Abdul Rashid. In all 34 bouts were Played in the Vishal Danga.
The second main bout was fought between Omkar Singh of Kathua of BSF versus Sona of Amritsar this bout was won by Omkar Singh after the tough fight of 24 minutes. Cash prize of Rs 3,500/- was given to Omkar Singh and Rs 2,500/- was given to Sona (runner-up).
Third main bout was fought between Dharma of Alamgir (Ludhiana) versus Mukha of Dinanagar of BSF. The bout remained undecided, which was fought for 27 minutes, and both the wrestlers were given Rs 2,500/- each. 4th bout was won by Kulbir Singh of Kot Bhalwal Jammu by defeating Pawan Kumar of Khanna (Pb.) cash prize of Rs 2,000/-was given to Kulbir Singh while Rs 1, 500/- was given to Pawan Kumar of Khanna (runner-up).
5Th bout between Happy of Amritsar versus Swarn Singh of Kot Bhalwal ended in a draw that lasted for 26 minutes. 
Dera Baba  Banda Bahadur Dangal committee members who  helped for conduct of this Vishal Dangal in a very fine and smooth way were Baba Jatinder Paul Singh Sodhi, Malik Ram Lubhaya, Paruthi Sant Kumar Juneja, V.P Maker, Sanjay Kumar, Charn Singh, Sujjan Singh and Mohan Singh.
Technical Officials who helped for the conduct of Dangal were Mohd Fareed Capt. Lehar Singh (Retd.), Vijay Singh, Ex Sarpanch Joginder Singh, Ved Parkash Singh, and Master Ram, Krishan (Retd.).
In other bouts, Gurdeep Singh beat Narinder, Mohammad Shaffi bt. Sat Paul, Vijay Kumar bt. Laket Ali. Pappu bt. Rashpaul Singh, Youns beat Sher  Kumar, Billu beat Gokal, Mohammad Ashraf beat Jatinder Paul. Bir Singh bt. Naresh, Pappu bt. Baggha, Bayant Singh bt. Kuldeep Singh, Vicky bt. Youns, bouts between Prem Verma versus Ali, Surma Singh versus Narinder Singh, Kalu versus Happy and Kaka versus Dellwar Singh ended in a draw.

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