Actors John Abraham and Sonakshi Sinha on Thursday paid tribute to the armed forces and unsung heroes at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate here.

The actors, who were here for a promotional event for their forthcoming actioner “Force 2”, placed a wreath near the Amar Jawan Jyoti and appealed that spies who lose their lives in safeguarding the country also get the recognition and status that martyrs get in India.

They attracted a huge crowd at India Gate and flaunted an important message via their T-shirts: “Respect the Indian forces.”

After the event, Sonakshi and John tweeted: “At Amar Jawan Jyoti paying respect to the true heroes of our nation, our armed forces! Jai Hind ‘Force2’.”

The film’s team is keen that the names of these unsung heroes should get recognised. They also plan to take this petition to the President.

John had previously said: “Even today, there are many unrecognised and forgotten martyrs from various intelligence agencies who need to gain recognition, if not celebrated.”

He said that the film’s story is inspired from true life events.

“It’s our humble request to the system to recognise those who have sacrificed their lives while serving the nation. It’s disheartening that these people put their lives at stake, without giving second thoughts to whether their efforts or sacrifice will ever be recognised.

“We understand that revealing names of people who are currently serving, may lead to political or security issues. However, it’s a meek request that the long pending cases of people get resolved, giving them their needed status and recognition in our society,” John added.

Produced by Vipul Amrutlal Shah and directed by Abhinay Deo, the film is releasing on November 18.

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