Kohima, April 11 (MExN): The Kohima battalion of Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (North) celebrated the 183rd Raising Day of Assam Rifles on April 8 at its headquarters in Kohima.
The celebration included an all faith religious ceremony, followed by a ‘Sainik Sammelan’ where the Commandant addressed all ranks of the battalion.
He commended their steadfast commitment, professionalism and hard work and exhorted them to continue to strive for success in all fields, stated a press release from Assam Rifles.
The oldest paramilitary force of India, Assam Rifles was raised in 1835 as the Cachar Levy to guard the eastern frontiers. The force was renamed as ‘Naga Hills Military Police Battalion’ in 1883. During World War-I, the Naga Hills Military Police Battalion provided 10 drafts at different times and fought in France, Egypt, Gallipoli and Mesopotamia with great zeal and tremendous courage, the release informed.
In June 1917, in recognition of the services rendered by the battalion, it was renamed 3 (Naga Hills) Battalion Assam Rifles. The battalion took part in World War-II and was instrumental in saving Kohima Town, where it fought gallantly in the Battle of Kohima, it added.
The Raising Day was celebrated by reuniting with the veterans, paying homage to the martyrs and organizing a barakhana for the families and troops.