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Tribute to martyrs in Meghalaya, Nagaland

By The Assam Tribune

SHILLONG, July 26 - The Army today paid homage to Kargil martyr and Captain Keishing Clifford Nongrum, hailing from the State, who died in 1999 in an operation to recapture an important point in Batalik Sector.

General Officer Commanding 101 Area Lieutenant General SP Nawathe and senior Army officials laid wreaths at the bust of Nongrum at the Rhino Heritage Museum during the ceremony.

Nongrum�s parents, Keishing Peter Nongrum and Saily Nongrum, besides his other family members were also present on the occasion.

Nongrum is the first and the only person in Meghalaya to have been awarded the second highest gallantry award, the �Maha Vir Chakra� for bravery posthumously.

Born in March 1975, Captain Nongrum did his schooling in the capital and excelled in extracurricular activities and had an innate interest in music. He graduated from Officer Training Academy in 1996 prior to his being commissioned at the 12th Battalion Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry.

PTI reports from Kohima: Remembering the supreme sacrifice made during the Kargil War in 1999, Inspector General Assam Rifles (North), Major General MS Jaswal and jawans today paid rich tribute to late Captain Neikezhakuo Kenguruse at his memorial located near Nerhema village in Nagaland�s Kohima district.

The wreath laying ceremony, organised by 9 Assam Rifles under the aegis of Headquarters 5 Sector Assam Rifles and IGAR (N), was attended by family members of the late Captain along with ex-servicemen and villagers.

Captain Neikezhakuo Kenguruse, born on July 15, 1974, did his schooling at St Xavier�s School, Jalukie and graduated from Kohima Science College. He thereafter served as a teacher at Government High School, Kohima from 1994 to 1997.

Kenguruse was later commissioned into the Indian Army on December 12, 1998.

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