KATRA: Wrestler Vijay Pal from Utter Pardesh won the 6th Mission Dosti Rustem-E-Indo-Pak wrestling title at jam packed Vivekanand Sports Stadium, Katra by defeating his Pakistani rival wrestler Bashir Bhola in an interesting final bout on Thursday that lasted thirteen minutes.
The wrestling championship was organised as a part of Navratra Festival by the J and K Indian Style Wrestling Association with the active support of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB), J and K Tourism Department, Navratra Festival Committee, Katra Municipal Committee, District Administration and locals of Katra.
In other main contests, Wrestler Israr of Pakistan defeated Indian wrestler Benia, Wrestler Bilu of India defeated Pakistani Wrestler Safdar Ali. Likewise Wrester Mehroop of Pakistan defeated Indian Wrestler Sonu. Vijay Pal was awarded Silver Gurj, Patta and cash prize of Rs.31, 000 and the runner up got cash of Rs.20, 000. Among others, Legislatures, Baldev Raj Sharma, Ashok Khajuria and Ashwani Sharma, Additional Chief Executive Officer , SMVDSB, District Development Commissioner Reasi, P.K Pole, Senior Superintendent of Police, Anand Jain, Assistant Commissioner Revenue (Nodal Officer Navrata Festival Katra), Sukhdev Singh, President J and K Indian Style Wrestling Association, Members of the Navratra festival committee, prominent citizens, large number of pilgrims and local people were present at the unique event