Imphal: Assam Rifles organized a 3000 km long ‘Freedom Cycling Rally’as part of “Azadika Amrit Mahotsav” celebrations which commenced on September 5from Shillong and culminated on Saturday at Rajghat, New Delhi.
The Rally commemorates 75 years of progressive India and the glorious history of its people, culture, achievementsand also promotes the “Fit India Movement”.
The Cycle Rally was flagged off by Lt Gen PC Nair, AVSM, YSM, DG Assam Rifles on 05 Sep from Headquarters of Directorate General of Assam Rifles in Shillong. The flagging off ceremony was attended by Shri Krishna Lahkar a 94 year old freedom fighter, NOKs of the freedom fighters, Late CaptainKeishing Clifford Nongrum, MVC, Late Maj David Manlun, KC andall ranks & families of the Laitkor Garrison.
The rally touched important places associated with India’s freedom movement en-route and covered the distance traversing through seven states(Meghalaya, Assam, West Bengal, Bihar, UP& Delhi). Along the 3000 kmslong route, the rally covered historically significant spots and birthplaces of heroes of India’s freedom struggle, over a period of 27 days and also carried out numerous interactions with locals, freedom fighters and their families to include them in the spirit of “AzadikaAmritMahotsav”celebrations. Further as a mark of remembrance of the saga of bravery andsacrifice of our struggle for independence, the freedom fighters and their NOKs were also felicitated by cyclists of the Assam Rifles.
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 adventurous activities like such 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 North East”, the Assam Rifles said.