IMPHAL, `Nov 14 - Pune-based riders’ team ‘Phoenix Brave Heart’ arrived in Imphal yesterday as part of a four-day trip to the North Eastern states of Assam, Nagaland and Manipur under the banner ‘Beyond Brahmaputra’.
‘Phoenix Brave Heart’ was formed with an aim to give soldiers disabled during armed conflicts an opportunity to participate in adventure activities, said Col Satish Malik (retd), a key member of the visiting team, adding the concept ‘Beyond Brahmaputra’ is expected to send out the message that the physically challenged have great abilities.
This was shared by the visiting team members during an interaction with Imphal-based Royal Riders Manipur (RRM) on their arrival here on Friday.
The former Army officer stressed the need to inculcate a spirit of adventure among the masses and bring people from the rest of India closer to the North East by spreading the spirit of brotherhood, peace and friendship.
He added that ’Phoenix Brave Heart’ was started by Satish CN, who is a prosthetic surgeon, Satish Malik, and DD Goel, both of them also lost their limbs during the Kargil War, and some other serving and retired Army officers.
Gurgoan based YS Meitei was also a member of this team. Ambily Kutty, who is an officer with the Military Nursing Service, Abhijit Dey, Sushmita and Ridham were also part of the visiting team.
Earlier in the day, the Royal Riders Manipur team, led by its vice president RK Momoraj and general secretary Ph Jogen, welcomed the team and took part in the interactive session for nearly two hours.