122 Infantry Battalion a successful one
Kozhikode, Oct 25: The 122 Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army) was successful in guarding the nation's borders, even in the terrorism infested Jammu and Kashmir, for the last four years, Commanding Officer Colonel M Ramachandran said.
Talking to newspersons here last night, to announce the concluding programmes of the year-long Golden Jubilee celebrations of the unit, he said the personnel had achieved this operational feat by overcoming various obstacles, including inclement weather.
He said a non-commissioned officer Havildar Vijayan, had to sacrifice his life when he attempted to foil a suicide bomb attack by the dreaded Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist outfit in Sri Nagar during the period.
Continued active duty as in the case of regular army paved the battalion, also known as 'Kannur terriers', to mobilize its entire force under TA Act Rule 33, for the last four years providing full time jobs to them, against the concept of a part time citizen's army during the period, he said.
Raised on November 1 1956, the unit had won many gallantry awards and medals, including Sena Medal, Chief of the Army Staff's Commendation Card and TA Medals he said.
He said the unit had actively participated in operations 'Parakram' and 'Vijay' and also served in 'Operation Pawan' in Sri Lanka.
Kerala Governor Raghunandan Lal Bhatia would release a commemorative 'First Day Cover' here tomorrow, marking the start of the concluding golden jubileee celebrations.