Gen IJS Bora, General Officer Commanding, 101 Area declared
the formal raising of the 42nd Rashtriya Rifles Battalion
(Assam) at the Assam Regimental Centre, Happy Valley, Shillong.
It would be commanded by Lt Col Naresh Razora.
Earlier, smartly turned
out Guards of the new battalion proudly presented the maiden
general salute to the GOC at a brief inaugural ceremony.
Officers, jawans and families of 101 Area and 42 RR Battalion
were present on the occasion. Later, ceremonial cakes were cut
by Mrs M Bora and Mrs Kuldeep Razora to celebrate the
The Rashtriya Rifles
(RR), conceived and raised a decade ago to combat insurgency
and terrorism, was the brain-child of late Chief of Army
Staff, Gen BC Joshi. The force, raised to relieve the Army of
counter-insurgency operations, has proved the mettle both in
Jammu & Kashmir and the North-East. From the initial
raising of six battalions and two sector headquarters in 1990,
the force has since grown and comprises four force
headquarters which include 12 sector headquarters and 36
battalions. Convinced of their utility in combating insurgency
and terrorism, the government has sanctioned the raising of 30
additional RR battalions by the year 2005. It may be mentioned
that while four RR battalions have already been raised in the
recent past, the 41st RR Battalion (MLI) has simultaneously
been raised at Belgaum.
soldiers of the North-East, skills of counter-insurgency and
combating terrorism come as a natural instinct. The exemplary
role played by 35 RR Battalion (Assam) in the J & K
sector, in carrying out its primary task diligently with due
regards and respect for human rights, has earned respect from
the local population. And for these reasons, Army HQ has
honoured the Assam Regiment by tasking them to raise the new
RR battalion. This will comprise nearly sixty per cent of
troops from Assam Regiment, thirty per cent from the
Mechanised Infantry and the remaining from the task oriented
troops from various services to provide the logistic back-up.
The raising of the
battalion which formally began on March 1, would be finished
by September this year. Brig N P Krishna Kumar, Commandant
Assam Regimental Centre provided all help for the raising of
the new battalion.
input : Sqn
Ldr T K Singha