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Captain Keishing’s gallery inaugurated in Shillong
Correspondent SHILLONG, NOV 17:
Published on 18 Nov. 2009 12:25 AM IST
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The General Officer of Commanding- 101 Area Maj Gen KS Sethi today inaugurated Capt Keishing Clifford Nongrum, MVC gallery and captured weapons of 1971 War corner at the Rhino Heritage Museum. Giving an impetus to the Go Green drive in Shillong Cantonment, Gen Sethi also planted a tree in the lush green lawns of the Heritage Museum. The gallery of Kargil hero was displayed with the citation of bravery, photographs and a letter written by Captain Keishing’s father. Copies of Captain Keishing’s handwritten scripts which are indicators of his strong character, patriotism and writing skill have also been displayed. This apart, the Rhino museum is also fill-up with small arms and equipment captured during the conflict have been displayed in the ‘1971 War Gallery’ of the museum. These included Chinese, NATO and Iraqi made rifles and machine guns. Also on display is a sample Permanent Line Route (Copper Cable on Aluminum Poles) which was erected by the Signal Regiments of 101 Area in Bangladesh to extend communications in the war torn country. This landmark Museum on the T Junction of NH 40 and 44, leading into Shillong and overlooking the Umshyrpi River is housed in a building which was made in 1928 as a Small Arms Stores. During the World War II it was known as the dungeon Lines and Japanese Prisoners were kept here. Later it was used as a magazine and the building was left uncared for till it was renovated as a museum in 1998-99 by HQ 101 Area. The Rhino Museum has many military historical photographs and items connected with the local culture.

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