Silchar, Nov 11: Celebrating the spirit of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav on the occasion of 75 years of independence, a motorcycle rally captioned Silchar to Shillong to spread the message of unity and win the hearts of the people across territories was flagged off from the Inspector General Assam Rifles (East) headquarters here on Sunday.
Inspector General Assam Rifles IGAR (East) Major General Ranjit Singh, SM VSM flagged off the rally in the presence of15 girls from local orphanage Nivedita Nari Sanstha and other officers and jawans of the IGAR. According to the IGAR authorities here, in the rally, a total of 25 bikers including officers and soldiers as ambassadors of Assam Rifles in Java bikes will traverse across the cities of North Eastern states over a span of the next eight days and culminate in Shillong.
"Besides the thrill and adventure, the officers and jawans in the contingent will touch all states of North East including Agartala, Aizawal, Aina/ Thinghat, Imphal, Kohima, Dimapur, Lekhapani, Guwahati and Shillong with the view to winning the hearts and minds of people as a part of the Sadbhavna efforts, spreading the messages of unity and integrity, peace and harmony and inform people about the manifold services that the Assam Rifles (East) has been rendering. Also, the operational roles will also be checked by the soldiers across the route as well," the IGAR told the media persons after flagging off the rally.
As part of the flagging-off ceremony, a pipe band display was carried out by the Assam Rifles Pipe Band, which played patriotic tunes to raise the enthusiasm and fervour amongst the participants. Later, the IGAR officials handed over gift hampers to the girls from the orphanage.
The girls from the orphanage were excited to witness the event and cheered for the rally participants. Diba Roy, secretary of the organisation said, "With no assistance extended to us from any corner during the phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, all of us in the organisation went through difficult times and even now things are not well. However, this is a special moment for the girls. We are elated and honoured and express our heartfelt thanks to the authorities of Assam Rifles. I am sure, the girls had an enlightening experience to meet the men in uniform and see the events in real-time."