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Lt Col Kapil Dev visits border areas, Northern Command
The all time great all rounder of cricket and the only captain to win world cup for India Lieutenant Colonel (Honorary) Kapil Dev donning combat uniform visited border areas of Rajouri, Palma and Bhimber Gali.
LIEUTENANT COLONEL (Honorary) Kapil Dev, the all time great all rounder of cricket and the only captain to win world cup for India, donning combat uniform visited border areas of Rajouri, Palma and Bhimber Gali. On reaching Rajouri, displaying his concern for the ailing soldiers and to boost their morale, he visited 150 General Hospital and had an interaction with the patients and the staff at the hospital.

He interacted with the soldiers of 156 Infantry Battalion Territorial Army (Home and Hearth) and expressed his affection as also greatly praised the Home and Hearth for a very challenging role they are performing in combating insurgency on their own soil. He further strengthened his bonding with the Territorial Army by visiting and interacting with the troops of 106 and 160 Territorial Army Battalions in Rajouri districts.

Kapil Dev during his interaction with the officiating general officer commanding and staff at headquarter Romeo Force, applauded the combat skills of the Rashtriya Rifles soldiers in combating terrorists in the area. He also met general officer commanding, 25 Infantry Division and conveyed his regards for the soldiers guarding the Line of Control. Later he visited LC and LC fence at Bhimber Gali and had a feel of staying in bunkers along with the troops deployed on LC. To inspire the young minds, he visited Army Goodwill Public School at Rajouri and impressed upon the children to work hard to achieve what they desire for a better India tomorrow.

Earlier on Tuesday (March 30), he visited the headquarters of the North Star Command at Udhampur Garrison. During this visit the legendary cricket titan met the senior officers including Lieutenant General Jasbir Singh, chief of staff, headquarters Northern Command and Major General Umong Sethi. He later interacted with the NCC cadets from the various schools and the degree college here.

The sports star endeared himself to the heart of the enthusiastic and inquisitive young fans by warmly responding to their flurry of questions ranging from his passion and ideals behind his decision to join the Territorial Army. He also shared his vision for the youth of the country and his views on terrorism. He expressed his belief that the youth of today can play a significant and responsible role as sentinels against this international scourge. He stressed the need for them to be vigilant and alert against every potential threats from anti national elements. He also presented souvenirs to the cadets and the NCC cadets.

The cricketer also visited the White Knight Corps and interacted with Lt Gen Rameshwar Roy, GOC 16 Corps and expressed his deep affection and praise for the troops’ performing the challenging role to combat insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir. The officer also visited Sainik School Nagrota and spent time with the students and staff of the school. He presented the school and students autographed miniature bats as a token of remembrance. A brief presentation ceremony was held at headquarters 16 Corps for exchange of souvenirs to mark the momentous occasion.

Kapil was on a two day visit to the forward areas as Territorial Army officer.

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