NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Sept 8 - A cycling expedition by the Indian Army�s Spear Head Division won the hearts of locals on either side of the inter-state boundary between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
The cycling expedition first flagged off in Daporijo, Arunachal Pradesh by Tage Tatung, District Election Officer and Officiating Deputy Commissioner, Upper Subansiri district reached North Lakhimpur recently after stopping at Kimin, Potin, Ziro, Tamen and Puchi Geko as the part of covering the entire Subansiri valley of the inter-state river.
In North Lakhimpur, the army cycling team was greeted with cheers by locals. The cycling team visited the North Lakhimpur Govt HS School and interacted with 400 students of class VI to XII along with 12 teachers. This was followed by a motivational lecture, screening of motivational video and organising awareness camp for enrolment in Indian Army for the student audience. A medical camp was also organised at the venue.
Earlier, the Spear Head cycling team began their journey from Daporizo crossing Gami village and Puchi Geko in Upper Subansiri district of neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh. At Puchi Geko village, the cycling team had an informal interaction with the locals during which the gaonburha of the village told them of their association with Indian Army when they had walked pace to pace with Indian Army during 1962 Indo-China War. The locals appreciated the initiative of Indian Army and expressed their desire that more such events should be conducted so that they get the opportunity to host their brothers and brave soldiers.
The Spear Head cycling team then reached Tamen from Puchi Geko village where the enthusiastic local residents welcomed them. The team also met Naik (Retd) Tania Kina at Raga, who had served in Assam Regiment till 2018 en-route to Ziro. The cyclists started the 4th day cycling with the laudation of �Bharat Mata ki Jai� and commenced the further journey towards Ziro, headquarter of Lower Subansiri district, Arunachal Pradesh. The team was flagged off by Mili Tedak, Gaon Burah and chairman of Tamen Bazar.
The army cycling team was flagged off by Nending Chatung, ADC Ziro has they paddled for Potin. From Potin, the team reached Kimin on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh boundary and was greeted by personnel of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) 10th Battalion and locals.
Throughout the expedition, the army cycling team delivered motivational talks to local students and youths. They also organised health check-up camps for locals. They also distributed gifts and sweets to children throughout their expedition.