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CM pays homage to late Capt. Kenguruse

CM pays homage to late Capt. Kenguruse
Neiphiu Rio laying a wreath at captain (late) Neikezhakuo Kenguruse, Mahavir Chakra Pheza War Memorial at Pheza Village. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 26 (NPN): | Publish Date: 7/27/2018 12:00:00 AM IST

 Acknowledging the supreme sacrifice made by son of the soil and paying homage to late Capt Neikezhakuo Kenguruse MVC (Posthumous), chief minister Neiphiu Rio remarked when the country was safe and peaceful, every individual could prosper. He made this remark while addressing a gathering at Pheza village in Kohima district to mark the 19th Vijay Diwas celebrations along with rest of the country on Thursday. 

IGAR (N) organised the programme to commemorate brave captain (late) Neikezhakuo Kenguruse, who was martyred during the Kargil War in 1999 and was awarded Maha Vir Chakra (MVC) posthumously.

While paying homage to the 527 fallen soldiers of the nation during the war, Rio said the battle was made historic due to their acts of bravery that had left behind an indelible mark for everyone to emulate, especially the youth, and to serve the nation. He said such a sacrifice for the nation was awe-inspiring and touching. 

Referring to the supreme sacrifice made by Capt Kenguruse, Rio said he was an icon for the youth in the State and called upon young generation to serve the people in various capacities, particularly by joining the army and police. He also expressed his gratefulness to Assam Rifles for organising a football tournament in memory of the late captain. 

Seeking cooperation and support from neighbouring villages to carry out various activities in memory of the late captain, the chief minister appealed to the gathering not to forget the sacrifices made by soldiers and their families.

He informed the gathering that he had approached the Union defence ministry to set up an army public school at Pheza in memory of Capt Kenguruse, which, according to him, would benefit children of the area and motivate them later to join the Indian Army. 

He added that recently the State government had decided to hike ex-gratia payment from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 6 lakh for the serving Assam Rifles, Indian Army, paramilitary forces and Nagaland Police personnel, besides Rs 4 lakh for permanent disability and Rs 1 lakh for the injury.

Rio further expressed his gratitude to Assam Rifles for extending support to the State government in administration, managing elections and during natural disasters. 

In his speech, IG Assam Rifles, Maj Gen. PC Nair recalled the surprise charge made on the enemy by late Capt. Kenguruse 19 years back on the icy heights of Kargil. He remarked that such sacrifices are to be remembered by everyone. 

Nair said the Vijay Diwas was observed every year in honour of sacrifices made by the soldiers. He urged local youth to get inspired from the sacrifice and bravery of the late captain and join the Indian Army to serve the nation. He informed the gathering that shortly some colleagues of Kenguruse who fought together in the battle and their children would visit his graveyard to pay tribute.

Capt. S Dwivedi, who led the programme, shared the acts of valour of the Kargil War hero and how he fought the enemy valiantly, before finally laying down his life for the nation.

Capt. Kenguruse father’s Neiselie Kenguruse, who also spoke on the occasion, thanked Sector 5 Assam Rifles, Tsiesema and IGAR (N) for organising the function in honour of his late son. He said the day was a mixed feeling of both happiness and sadness as his son made the supreme sacrifice for the nation while leaving behind his loved ones. He also expressed his gratitude to Rio for sharing his concern when his late son’s mortal remains arrived home.

Earlier, the chief minister, IGAR (N), late captain’s father and officers and jawans of Assam Rifles laid wreaths at the memorial. 

The programme was followed by a free medical camp at the spot by Assam rifles. The programme was attended by village leaders, gaon buras, locals, students and the entire rank and file of Assam Rifles.

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