The Assam Rifles on Sunday kick-started a 3000 km-long Freedom Cycling Rally as part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations from Shillong to New Delhi.
The rally commemorates the 75 years of progressive India and the glorious history of its people, culture, achievements and also promotes the Fit India Movement.
The cycle rally, which started its journey on Sunday from Shillong, plans to touch important places associated with India’s freedom movement en-route.
The rally includes numerous interactions with locals to include them in the spirit of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations.
The rally was flagged off by Lt Gen PC Nair, the Director General of Assam Rifles (DGAR) at the Directorate General of Assam Rifles Headquarters, Laitkor in Shillong.
It was attended by 94-year-old freedom fighter Krishna Lahkar, NOKs of the freedom fighters, Captain Keishing Clifford Nongrum, MVC, Maj David Manlun, KC and all ranks & families of the Laitkor Garrison.
The Director General of Assam Rifles during his inaugural speech highlighted the role played by the Assam Rifles towards peace and security in the Northeast.
He said through its various civic action programmes, the Assam Rifles plays an important role towards the development in the region.
Assam Rifles has joined the celebrations of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav like other parts of the country.
As part of the flagging-of ceremony, a Pipe Band Display was carried out by the Assam Rifles Pipe Band, which played patriotic tunes to raise the enthusiasm and fervour amongst the participants.
As a mark of remembrance of the saga of bravery and sacrifice of our struggle for independence, the freedom fighters and their NOKs were also felicitated by DG Assam Rifles.
The Assam Rifles, popularly known as the ‘Sentinels of the North East’, is committed towards peace and development of the Northeast.
It has carried out numerous activities like cycle rallies in the past.
“This not only brings cohesiveness in the region but also plays a pivotal role towards nation-building and unity, thereby making it a ‘Force that Binds the Northeast’, Assam Rifles said in a statement.