Chief Minister TR Zeliang flags off the tri-nation motorcycle expedition of Assam Rifles in Kohima on November 14.
Kohima | November 14
Nagaland’s Chief Minister TR Zeliang today flagged off Assam Rifles’ tri-nation (India, Bangladesh & Myanmar) unity and heritage motorcycle expedition team here at HQ IGAR (N) for onward expedition to Shillong.
Zeliang expressed his happiness that Assam Rifles has initiated this expedition to commemorate the “Unity Day” which is celebrated in the name of ‘Iron Man of India’, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first home minister of free India, who, through his unflinching efforts had paved the way for unifying the princely states into one nation.
Daring riders of the expedition team has covered a distance of 2150 km on motorcycles across six North Eastern states in India and travelled through Myanmar and Bangladesh. The team started from Imphal on November 13 and reached Kohima yesterday through Jwalamukhi.
“Aimed at fostering understanding and unity with the neighbouring countries, this expedition is unique as it is an outcome of special efforts put in by the border guarding force to reach out to their counterparts in Bangladesh and Myanmar including the north east states,” the Chief Minister said.
Zeliang maintained the expedition was an excellent opportunity for the young riders not only to test their biking skills and endurance but also to familiarize with the North Eastern region and Nagaland.
He hoped that it will allow them direct contact with the varied cultures and traditions which would help them understand the dynamics of the area and be better placed to serve the people of the North East.
The Chief Minister appreciated that apart from paying homage to the fallen heroes of World War II, 1971 war and establishing contact with ex-servicemen, war widows and their families, the bikers have connected with local populace, youth and the students of the region to spread the message of brotherhood and peace through various cultural activities and interactions.
Further, he congratulated the Assam Riles for the good work being done across the state in not only enhancing security of the region but also contributing to the developmental process through civic action programme.
Wishing ‘best of luck’ to the expedition leader Col. Pratyush Kumar Singh Gaur and team for their onward journey, he said, “May this expedition be fruitful, enriching and memorable for everyone.”
On Monday, Maj. Gen. Sanjay Gupta, Inspector General Assam Rifles (North) praised the efforts of all the team members “on successfully completing major part of the expedition and fostering a bond of brotherhood in all the areas where the expedition ventured.”
Col PKS Gaur was hopeful that the expedition will strengthen brotherhood and unity among the people of NE region.