MoS home, Kiren Rijiju attends Platinum Jubilee ceremony of the Assam Regiment
MoS home, Kiren Rijiju attends Platinum Jubilee ceremony of the Assam Regiment

Minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju attended the Platinum Jubilee ceremony of the Assam Regimental Centre at Shillong on November 17. As chief guest at the function, in his address to the soldiers, Rijiju highlighted the achievements of the Regiment in these glorious 75 years and congratulated Lt Gen. Subrata Saha, Colonel of the Assam Regiment and Arunachal Scouts and all ranks of the Regiment for spearheading the enviable saga of honour, glory and sacrifice of the people of North-East in their service to the nation.

During his visit to Assam Regimental Centre at Shillong, Rijiju also attended the inaugural ceremony of Havildar Hangpan Dada Main Office Block. Havildar Hangpan Dada laid down his life while fighting militants at Kupwara in Kashmir Valley on 27 May 2016. Havildar Hangpan Dada was awarded Ashok Chakra (posthumous) on Independence Day 2016 for exhibiting exceptional bravery, beyond the call of duty. Chasen Lowang Dada, wife of the martyr, who attended the ceremony as special guest, inaugurated the block.

Thereafter, Rijiju paid homage to the fallen heroes of the Regiment by laying wreath at the War Memorial and felicitated the veer naris (widows of gallant soldiers). He also inaugurated the refurbished state-of-the-art Bishnu museum at the Centre. This museum preserves and showcases the rich heritage and achievement of each battalion and motivates and instills a sense of pride in each individual soldier.

Minister Rijiju also ‘flagged in’ the Motorcycle Rally, which returned to Shillong after visting and paying homage at the Regiment’s war memorials at Kohima, Jessami, Aradura and Imphal. The rally covered about 1,700 kilometres over 14 days. The expedition team met veterans of the Regiment en route and also interacted with school and college students, motivating them to join the army. After the inauguration ceremony, the minister interacted with the soldiers amidst the thundering rendition of ‘Badluram ka Badan’, which is the regimental song of the Assam Regiment.

MoS home, Kiren Rijiju attends Platinum Jubilee ceremony of the Assam Regiment


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