Guwahati, Mar 10 (ANI): The Assam Rifles celebrated their 175th anniversary by organizing a Motorcycle Peace Rally here on Tuesday.
The event was flagged off by JB Patnaik, the Governor of Assam at the Judges Field in the city, in the presence of Director General of Assam Rifles, Lt General K S Yadav.
General Yadav said that through the motorcycle rally, the Assam Rifles aim to spread the message of peace in the trouble-torn northeastern region of India, and to boost the morale of the Indian troopers stationed in the region.
"We believe that sporting events are the best medium to reach out to people and to interact with them. That is why we have planned white-water rafting, football, car rally, and this motorcycle rally as part of the celebrations. Through the rally, the soldiers will get to travel the whole of northeast and spread the message to the people that Assam Rifles is always there with them," General Yadav added.
Thirty Assam Rifles personnel, including an officer, are taking part in the rally to highlight the force's role in the region.
General Yadav also said that it is a proud moment for the forces that a group of Assam Rifles soldiers is being sent as part of a police unit to Haiti, under the aegis of the United Nations.
He also said that another 26 battalions of the Assam Rifles would be raised very soon to man the volatile Indo-Myanmar border.
Assam Rifles now has 46 battalions, 15 of which are deployed along the Indo-Myanmar border. Each battalion comprises around 1,000 personnel. (ANI)