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Assam Rifles Celebrates 73rd Independence Day

IGAR (South)
Imphal Aug 17,

Assam Rifles to commemorate the 73rd Independence Day celebrations, witnessed a range of activities at various locations in Manipur under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) on 15th August 2019.             
The 73rd Independence Day was celebrated by the units of 9 Sector Assam Rifles at the Sector Headquarters, all Battalion Headquarters and Company Operating Bases with the locals and the school children. The celebrations included hoisting of the National Flag, playing of the National Anthem, conduct of cultural programmes, games and competitions.  The 73rd Independence Day was also celebrated with much fanfare in Ukhrul where a total of 44 contingents including Army Veterans, Police, Manipur Rifles, NCC and School students marched on the tune of Somsai Battalion Assam Rifles band. The participation and enthusiasm shown while hoisting the national flag setup a patriotic backdrop to the Independence Day parade. Inspite of the rain and cloudy weather thousands of locals came to witness the parade. Nothing could deter the spirits of both the participants and the spectators. Kendriya Vidyalaya Ukhrul secured the first position and was adjudged the best marching contingent.  
Somsai Battalion of 10 Sector Assam Riflfes organised various functions for the youth at Poi, a remote village near Indo-Myanmar border to include painting competition and sports events. The celebrations began with the flag hoisting and singing of National Anthem. The painting competition was organised on the theme of ‘Independent India’. The young children participated with full zeal and enthusiasm. The event was thoroughly enjoyed by the young talent. It was followed by prize distribution and culminated with refreshments for the students. In addition, a volleyball match was played between the local youth club and Assam Rifles soldiers of Poi post. The villagers expressed their heartfelt gratitude for the genuine efforts of Assam Rifles in reinforcing the spirit of national integration.              
Moltuk Battalion celebrated 73rd Independence Day at their Battalion headquarters and at all Company Operating Bases in remembrance of the sacrifices made by the freedom fighters, in which the locals and school children participated with lots of enthusiasm and zeal. Games and competitions to include drawing and painting competition were also organised for the school children and youth who had attended the function. The day also saw enthusiastic participation from everyone and provided an opportunity to interact with the locals, spread awareness about security forces and generated a sense of patriotism amongst all attendees. The endeavour of Moltuk Battalion in promoting peace and harmony in the region was appreciated by all.  
Churachandpur Sector Assam Rifles commemorated the 73rd Independence Day with great zeal and enthusiasm across all headquarters and operating bases in the districts of Churachandpur and Pherzwal. The celebrations involved wide range of activities to include flag hoisting, wreath laying, motivational lectures in schools, interaction with ex servicemen and the families of martyrs etc. The main ceremony was organised at Churachandpur Sector Assam Rifles wherein the Sector Commander paid homage to the martyrs and their sacrifices in the form of a wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial. Later, the Commander also interacted with over 50 Ex-serviceman and their families to understand their concerns while assuring all necessary measures to ameliorate the same.         
On the occasion of Independence Day, Deputy Commissioner, Pherzawl hoisted the flag in District Level Independence Day 2019 celebrations in which Aina Battalion provided significant support. March past by the school students on the tune of Assam Rifles anthem and National Anthem played by Assam Rifles band was able to instill the feeling of patriotism among the civil dignitaries as well as the youth and school students. In the end Deputy Commissioner culminated the event giving vote of thanks to Assam Rifles for their unflinching support to local people of the area. This collaborated effort of civil dignitaries and Assam Rifles on Independence Day Celebrations again proved Assam Rifles to be the True Friends of North East.
Sajik Battalion organised a series of events to commemorate 73rd Independence Day. Flag hosting and distribution of sweets was conducted at all Company Operating Bases of the Unit, which was attended by large number of locals with lots of enthusiasm and zeal. The celebrations began by hoisting the National Flag followed by the release of a video showcasing the unflinching nationalism of people of Sajik Valley in synchronizing with the spirit of one nation. Subsequently, inauguration of Ex-Servicemen Facilitation Centre was done to provide single window assistance to all Ex-Servicemen of the area. The program concluded with jointly planting the saplings, emphasising the bonhomie between Assam Rifles and local population and their united effort for conserving the environment. In order to promote healthy motherhood, the Unit Hospital conducted the Antenatal Camp in coordination with civil PHC staff. This included medical examination and interactive sessions to educate young mothers. The positivity and nationalism created by the event will certainly usher the area towards peace and has forged irreversible bonds between the locals and the Assam Rifles.  
The 73rd Independence Day was also celebrated at Sehlon Battalion headquarters as well as in all their company operating bases. It was celebrated by all ranks of this unit with great zeal and enthusiasm with villagers of the remote Samtal Salient. The celebration started with hoisting of national flag and singing of national anthem with full enthusiasm and a message of bon-homie, freedom and friendship was shared under the national flag which further cemented the bond between the villagers and troops. A total of 150 villagers of the region participated in this auspicious occasion. The aspirations of the locals are being fulfilled by the Samaritan deeds of Sehlon Battalion where the entire population of the Samtal Salient is part of nation’s inclusive growth. The celebrations culminated with traditional lunch organised by Sehlon battalion for the entire attendees. To celebrate 73rd Independence Day and amalgamate the local population in the celebration, Joupi Battalion also organized a two-day Volleyball competition with effect from 14 to 15 August 2019. A total of 10 boy’s team including team of Joupi Battalion Assam Rifles and 06 girl’s team from as many nearby villages participated in the tournament with an exemplary zeal and fervour. The competition culminated with the team of Joupi Battalion and Hollengjang village declared winner and runner up respectively in the boy’s category. In girl’s category, the team of village Saibol Joupi and village Joupi were declared winner and runner up respectively. The prize distribution ceremony was carried out to felicitate all the participating teams. A total of 100 boys and 60 girls participated in the competition while hundreds of local people witnessed the competition over a period of two days. The competition was well received by the local population wherein all the village Chiefs and population expressed their gratitude.    

William Gurumayum

William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since 2013. An avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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