Nagaland Govt to approach MoD to set up Army Public School in Nerhema
Kohima, July 26: “Indian army guarding the frontier areas needs to be respected for the sacrifice made by them in protecting the country and maintaining peaceful atmosphere for the nation to prosper,” said Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio.
He was addressing a gathering of Assam Rifles, police, students and people from different walks of life on the solemn occasion observing the 19th Kargil Vijay Diwas at Captain Neikiezakho Kenguruse memorial at his native village, some 21 kms north of the state capital here.
Paying rich tribute and homage to the 527 martyrs, including the Naga soldier Capt Kenguruse, Rio said “their sacrifice is supreme and we salute their bravery in the defense of the nation”.
Their sacrifice is a lesson for all, because of them there is peace in the country for all of us to progress, lest we would all be living in misery and despair, he said.
Rio said that sacrifice made by the 527 jawans and officers of the Indian army has left behind a mark for all to emulate.
Expressing pride that Late Captain Kenguruse was one of the bravest soldiers from Nagaland, Rio aspired that more such Naga youth will be inspired to take step to serve the nation in different discipline and also join the army and police.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister said that the state government would be approaching the Ministry of Defence to set up Army Public School in the area in remembrance of the brave sacrifice of Capt Kenguruse, which would not only benefit the state educationally but also motivate the youths in serving the country.
Further, the Chief Minister asserted that the State government will extend fullest support to those sacrificing the lives for the nation and also serving the state.
In this, he informed that the state cabinet has enhanced the ex-gratia for police and army personnel from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 6 lakh for fatality, Rs 4 lakh for permanent disability and Rs 1 lakh for injuries while on duty.
Major General PC Nair, Inspector General of Assam Rifles in his address said that Capt Kenguruse should be an inspiration for those in service for the formidable act of bravery.
Marking the occasion, the 9th Assam Rifles also conducted free medical camp for the villagers and art gallery displaying the various activities of the para-military forces in the state.
Father of Lt. Captain Neikezhakuo Kenguruse, MBC (Posthumous) speaking on the occasion said Vijay Diwas is an occasion of both happiness and sadness for the families who lost their loved ones.
He humbly requested the people to uphold the family members of the slain soldiers in their prayers as it is only because of their sacrifices and services we live peacefully as a nation and celebrating the Kargil Vijay Diwas today.
Captain S. Dwivedi of 9 Assam Rifles, narrating a recap of act of valour of Lt. Captain Kenguruse said captain Kenguruse, Maha Vir Chakra, was a brave young boy, born in Nerhema Village on July 15, 1974. He was commissioned into 2nd Rajputana Rifles on 12th December 1998 and was fondly addressed as ‘Nimbu Sahab’ by the soldiers serving under him.
He said that his moment of valour came when he was part of ‘Operation Vijay’. He was the Ghatak Platoon Commander during the attack on area ‘Black Rock’ on the night of 28th June, 1999.
Without thinking of his own safety, he volunteered to undertake a daring commando mission of attacking a well-sighted enemy machine gun post, on a cliff face. At a height of 16000 feet and a freezing temperature of -10 degrees, he took off his shoes to get a good grip and scaled the rock wall along with the rocket launcher and fired at bunker.
Unmindful of his personal safety, charged at the enemy and personally killed two men with his Rifles and another two with his commando knife in hand to hand combat before succumbing to his injuries.
He single handedly neutralized the enemy bunker which held up the battalion’s progress.
Captain Kenguruse displayed conspicuous gallantry, indomitable resolve, grit and determination beyond the call of duty and supreme sacrifice in the face of enemy, in true tradition of the Indian Army, for which he was honoured with The Maha Vir Chakra posthumously. (Page News Service)