Borders secured, assures Rijiju


(Left) Union MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju attends the platinum jubilee celebration of Assam Regimental Centre in the city on Thursday. (Right) The family of Late Havildar Hangpan Dada. (ST)

SHILLONG: Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Thursday the country’s borders are secured despite some challenges.
Speaking to media persons at the platinum jubilee celebrations of the Assam Regiment on Thursday, the Minister of State for Home Affairs said there are challenges “but troop deployment is often reviewed as per the situation”.
Lauding the Assam Regimental Centre for its service to the country, Rijiju said 75 years of service for any organisation means a lot.
Rijiju later attended the inaugural programme of Havildar Hangpan Dada main office block.
Havildar Hangpan Dada laid down his life while fighting the militants in the valley in May 2016 and was awarded Ashok Chakra posthumously. The inauguration was done by Chasen Lowang Dada, widow of the martyr.
The minister also paid homage to the fallen heroes of the Regiment and laid wreaths at the magnificent War Memorial. Later, he inaugurated the state-of-the-art ‘Bishnu’ Museum, which showcases the achievements of each battalion.
Rijiju received the team of motorcycle rallyists who set out from Shillong last month to visit war memorials in Kohima, Jessami, Aradura and Imphal. The rally covered a distance of approx 1,700 km over 14 days.
After felicitating the Veer Naris (widows of gallant soldiers) and cutting the 75th anniversary cake, the minister partook in the traditional ‘Barakhana’ lunch and joined the thundering rendition of the regimental song.