Imphal: The Assam Rifles has organized a 3000 km long ‘Freedom Cycling Rally’ as part of “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” celebrations which started from Shillong on September 5 to culminate at New Delhi on October 2.
The rally commemorates 75 years of progressive India and the glorious history of its people, culture, achievements and also promotes the “Fit India Movement”.
It 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 “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” celebrations.
The rally on its 7th day had reached Kolkata on Saturday from Nabagram, West Bengal after covering a total of 216 Km in one day. It has covered a total of 1115 Km till date and will further continue its journey to New Delhi on Monday, the Assam Rifles said.
On Sunday, under “Fit India Movement” a Yoga programme was organised at NCC Club House, Kolkata in which 50 NCC cadets, 5 officers, 1 JCO and 40 OR participated. This was followed by a tree plantation drive under “Green India Mission”. The cycle team also visited Victoria Memorial and other historically famous places related to our freedom struggle.
The rally was flagged off on Monday by Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM**, GOC Bengal Area. The flagging off ceremony saw a participation of three freedom fighters and eight NOKs who were felicitated by GOC Bengal Area. In a unique initiative by Assam Rifles the freedom fighters were also facilitated to visit the Eastern Command Museum.
The Assam Rifles popularly known as the ‘Sentinels of the North East’ has committed itself towards peace and development of the North East. It has carried out numerous activities like such ycle 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 North East”, the Assam Rifles said.