Tajamul Lone
Baramulla, May 16: The Chinar Corps of the Indian Army, on completion of 100 years of glorious service to the Nation, is undertaking a series of activities with twin objectives of paying homage to the martyrs and spreading the message of peace, harmony and brotherhood amongst the local populace, an army official in a statement issued here said.
As part of the Centenary Celebrations of the Chinar Corps three Cycling expeditions have been simultaneously flagged off on 16 May 2016, from Baramulla, Leh and Nagrota, the statement said.
These Cycling expeditions, while traversing through difficult terrain and climatic conditions would cover the historical routes of Zojila, Mughal Road and Uri-Kupwara axis where famous battles have been fought by the Indian Army ‘alongside the brave and patriotic Awaam of Kashmir’ while safeguarding Jammu & Kashmir, the official said.
In fact a sojourn along these routes is akin to an emotional pilgrimage, for every Indian, as the memories of the warriors who attained martyrdom in the service of the Nation ‘shall forever live at these places’. The cycling expeditions, along each route, shall cover a distance of 450 Kms traversing through the Ladhakh, Kashmir and Jammu regions of the state, the official said.
The Chinar leg of the Cycling expedition was flagged off from the War Memorial at Baramulla by Major General JS Nain, GOC Dagger Division in presence of large No of school students and prominent citizens of Baramulla. While flagging of the Cycle Expedition by the Himalayan Brigade the GOC Dagger Division highlighted the significance of the event and immense contributions of Chinar Corps in security and development of the region, marked with numerous selfless sacrifices and urged the youth to serve the Nation to the best of their ability, the official said.
He also assured the AWAM that Chinar Corps would continue to strive for Peace and development in the region, with active participation of the local populace.
The Zozila leg and Jammu leg of the expedition were also simultaneously flagged off from Leh and Nagrota respectively by Lieutenant General SK Patyal, GOC 14 Corps and Lieutenant General RR Nimbhorkar, GOC 16 Corps. All three teams will be flagged in on 25 May 2016 at Badami Bagh Cantt, Srinagar in a special ceremony, the official said.