Imphal: Major general Alok Naresh, the inspector general felicitated the members of the Assam Rifles cycling team which had recently undertaken a 3100 km long cycle rally from Shillong to Delhi under the “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”.
The general officer appreciated and recognised the efforts of the members towards successful conduct of such strenuous yet grand activity which motivated and encouraged large number of people across many states to keep themselves physically fit and at the same time instilled a sense of nationalism among the fellow citizens.
He also thanked various local cycling clubs which participated in short cycle rallies before the main event. The message conveyed by the rally team was of expressing the gratitude of a grateful countrymen to all the freedom fighters for their sacrifice in achieving India’s freedom which we always be indebted to.
Assam Rifles troops besides their operational duties are committed to assisting in nation building.
The cycle rally was flagged off on September 5 by director general Assam Rifles from Shillong and traversed through Kolkata, Ranchi, Lucknow and Agra before culminating at Raj Ghat at Delhi on October 2 coinciding with the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation. The flagging in of the rally was done by home minister Amit Shah at Red Fort.
The Assam Rifles cycling team felicitated freedom fighters enroute and spread the message of peace and national integration. It also carried out tree plantation drives, interacted with students, NCC cadets and visited numerous sites of historical importance to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of India’s Independence.
A total of 34 cyclists from various Assam Rifles units under participated in this rally.