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AR War memorial inaugurated by Army Chief
Correspondent Laitkor, Jul 20:
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Published on 20 Jul. 2010 11:43 PM IST
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Chief of Army Staff General V.K. Singh Tuesday inaugurated the War memorial of 1088 troopers of Assam Rifles who have made supreme sacrifice in service of the nation.
The War memorial is located at the Assam Rifles headquarters’ at Laitkor, about 20 KM from Shillong, the state capital of Meghalaya. “The memorial is an imposing structure befitting the sacrifice made by many officers and men of the force protecting the sovereignty and integrity of the country,” General Singh said.
Lt. Gen KS Yadava, who heads the Assam Rifles, the oldest paramilitary force in the country, said the memorial was completed in a record time of nine months. The memorial service that followed was a crisp and smart display of drill by soldiers of the Assam Rifles to the resounding and soulful rendition by the buglers of the ‘Last Post’ and ‘Rouse’.
“The memorial itself is a replica of the ‘Canopy’ that stands near the North and South Block overlooking the Rajpath in New Delhi,” Lt Gen. Yadava said.
The Canopy is supported by seven pillars each representing a state from the North East where the force has been deployed for the last 175 years.
The Assam Rifles has 46 battalions deployed in nine sectors across northeastern India. One battalion comprises around 1,000 personnel.
According to the Assam Rifles spokesman, another 26 battalions would be raised very soon to curb militancy and man the volatile Indo-Myanmar border.
Of the 46 battalions, 15 are deployed along the 1,643-km long Indo-Myanmar border.
Assam Rifles, known as the ‘Sentinels of the Northeast’, functions under the administrative control of the union home ministry and the operational command of the army.

 
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