Chief Minister lauds `Citizens` army` on Territorial Army Day

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IMPHAL, October 7: Chief Minister O. Ibobi Singh felicitated all officers and other ranks of the 165 Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army) (Home and Hearth), popularly known as Manipur Terriers, on the occasion of the 62nd Territorial Army Day held today at the banquet hall of 1st MR.

Speaking as the chief guest during the occasion Chief Minister O. Ibobi Singh, said it is a proud moment for the state of Manipur to felicitate the Citizens’ Army and the Manipur Terriers is the first and only Territorial Army unit raised purely from the domicile of Manipur.

He said raising of the unit has given a direction and impetus to gainful employment of youth of the state and further their involvement in the development of the state by taking part in provision of security to its citizens.

The battalion has come a long way in helping the people of Manipur since its induction into the state in February 2007 and now it has become a inseparable part of the security set up of the state, claimed the Chief Minister.

While lauding the Manipuri Terriers for performing their task admirably and setting high standards in all their performances, he maintained “the terrier are playing an important task of being an interface between the local populace and the Army and Assam Rifles units with distinction”.

Colonel George Jacob, commanding officer of 165 Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army) (Home and Hearth) while delivering his vote of thanks assured the Chief Minister of continuing the good work being done by the unit and in bridging the gap between the local populace and the security forces thus helping the security forces thus helping the security force to gain goodwill of the population.

The observation was organized by the state government and attended by Maj Gen. Binoy Poonen, Vishit Seva Medal, GOC red shield division and family members of the Territorial Army, civilians and dignitaries of the state government.

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