Assam Rifles motorcycle rally reaches Wokha

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Dimapur, May 10: As part of the reception programme, the 28 Assam Rifles, Wokha under the commandership of Col.Hiren Borah organised a reception function to welcome the bikers of Assam Rifles Motor Cycle rally on arrival at Wokha on Thursday at local ground, Wokha.
The 17 member team was led by Maj.AbhinavSudan (28 AR) including 3 local bikers from Club Royal Enfield, Wokha and 3 from Kohima reached Wokha on May 9. The motto of the rally is to travel across the state covering some districts in the state to spread awareness on the theme ‘HIV/AIDS & Drugs free Nagaland.
Deputy Commissioner, Wokha, Dr ManazirJeelaniSamoon, IAS while speaking at the programme said out of the various programmes initiated by Assam Rifles, this is one such programme which can help the civilian people. He opined that such activities will help in making a connect with security forces and general populace.
He said HIV/AIDS is not only a deadly disease for the person suffering but a social stigma for which people are afraid of getting themselves tested and reveal their disease for the fear of stigma attached to it. He added that village council is an institution which can play an important role when it comes to eliminating of social stigma. He mentioned that there is a culture where people strongly abide the resolution passed by village council. Likewise, if the village council continue to pass such resolution to eliminate the stigma attached to this disease then it will considerably reduce the burden of the society, he said.
He advised the school children to keep themselves aware about the menace of
drugs abuse and HIV/AIDS and urged them to make a better choice in order to defeat any hurdles in life. He also added that we have to fight the menace of drugs abuse so as to become vibrant and strong society.
Commandant 28 AR, Wokha, Col. HirenBorah while addressing the school children and bikers said that various events like music, skit, cultural programmes were chosen because music, dance and skit are all the symbol of energy and life. He added that we must realise that threat comes not only in the form of physical but it comes in the form of diseases like HIV/AIDS and drugs.
Team leader, Maj.Abhinav Sudan stated that they started the rally on May 5 from Kohima and travelled to places like Jessami, Kiphire, Zunheboto and Wokha covering a distance of around 576 km and still yet to cover about 80-90 Km.
Around 400 students from 10 schools attended the reception function. (Page News Service)