Gajraj Corps of Indian Army celebrates 57TH Raising Day in Tezpur

Gajraj Corps, Indian Army, Tezpur, Assam, India, China, Arunachal Pradesh

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Gajraj Corps of the Indian Army celebrated its 57th Raising Day at a function held at its headquarters in Tezpur, Assam on Friday.

The Gajraj Corps was raised by Lt Gen BM Kaul at Tezpur on 04 Oct 1962 in the midst of the India-China conflict and over the years it has played a commendable strategic role in both conventional and Counter-Insurgency Operations in the Eastern Diaspora.

Whilst speaking, on the day, Lt Col Harsh Wardhan Pande, PRO Defence, Tezpur, explained, “It may be recollected that during the India-Pak war of 1971, the Gajraj Corps made the famous advance to Dhaka during the liberation of Bangladesh and also participated in the Meghna Heli Brigade operations. In fact, this operation had stunned the world ‘s armies. The then Corps Commander Lt Gen Sagat Singh, PVSM had innovatively employed Mi-4 helicopters to cross the Meghna river which was considered impassable, as his Corps relentlessly attacked and defeated the Pakistani forces. This innovative use of helicopter has remained unparalleled. The Corps had proved its mettle and very proficiently carried out its task in the most complex Sector in terms of distances from the logistic bases. The Corps was the first to enter Dhaka.”


On the occasion, Lt Gen Manoj Pande, GOC Gajraj Corps, on behalf of all ranks paid homage to the martyrs during the special ceremony and complimented all ranks for their dedication and devotion to duty while serving in Counter Insurgency areas of Assam as well as being deployed along the LAC in Arunachal Pradesh.

(The writer is a Delhi-based independent contributor to print and online publications)