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March 13, 2010

Assam Rifles' motorcyclists reach Jorhat on their way to Nagaland

     Jorhat: Assam Rifles, one of the first paramilitary forces of India, is taking out a motorcycle peace rally, on the occasion of the 175th anniversary celebrations of he Rifles, these days. On Friday (March 12), the motorcyclists who commenced their journey from New Delhi on March 2 reached Jorhat and will further head for Kohima via Dimapur in Nagaland. The objective is to garner goodwill and spread the message of peace and harmony in all the insurgency affected states of the north-east region of the country. "On this occasion, this is an attempt of us so that we can reach the people of northeast and Assam Rifles have always been in northeast and they are doing a good job in northeast. So, this is just an attempt to reach the people and to spread a message of harmony and peace and to showcase the spirit of Assam Rifles to the local people of northeast," said Captain Devadesh of Assam Rifles. Earlier, the rally reached Guwahati from where it was flagged off by the Governor of Assam, J.B. Patnaik. The rally will cover about 2500 Kilometers in a span of 20 days and will be flagged in on March 25 to mark its culmination at Shillong in India's northeastern Meghalaya state. The unit can trace its lineage back to a paramilitary police force that was formed under the British in 1835 called Cachar Levy. Assam Rifles now has 46 battalions, 15 of which are deployed along the Indo-Myanmar border. Each battalion comprises around 1,000 personnel.
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