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Gajraj Corps celebrates Raising Day in Tezpur

 TEZPUR, Oct 4 - Gajraj Corps of the Indian Army celebrated its 58th Raising Day at a function held at its headquarters here today.

 Lt. Gen. Shantanu Dayal, GOC of 4 Corps on behalf of all ranks paid homage to those who have made the supreme sacrifice during a 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.

It may perhaps not be out of place to mention here that Gajraj Corps was raised by Lt Gen BM Kaul at Tezpur on October 4, 1962 in the midst of the India-China War. Over the years, it has played a commendable role in both conventional and counter-insurgency operations in the Eastern Theatre.

It may be recalled 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 Bridge Operation. In fact that operation had stunned the world’s armies.

The then Corps Commander Lt Gen Sagat Singh had innovatively employed Mi-4 helicopters to cross the Meghna river, which was widely considered impassable, and his Corps relentlessly attacked and defeated the Pakistani forces. The innovative use of helicopters has remained unparalleled. The Corps had proved its mettle and very proficiently carried out its task in a most complex sector in terms of distances from the logistic bases. The Corps was first to enter Dhaka.

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