A total of 192 constables (general duty) recruits passed out from the Recruits Training Centre of Indo-Tibetan Border Police at Illuppaikudi in Sivaganga district on Monday.

This is the second passing out parade conducted by the RTC which was established here in 2011.

The Inspector General of Police (South Zone), Abhay Kumar Singh, took the salute and reviewed the parade.

Appreciating the quality of the parade, Mr. Singh emphasised the need for the personnel to meet the challenges to serve the nation with utmost zeal and dignity.

The recruits had undergone 44 weeks of training in weapon handling, map reading, drill, karate, battle craft, field craft, internal security, border security and disaster management.

They took oath that they would discharge their duties in protecting the nation with all honesty and sincerity.

The ITBP is an elite Central armed police force created in 1962 to guard the borders of the nation following the Indo-China conflict.

The Deputy Inspector General, R.K. Patariya, said that the force was posted in most inhospitable terrains from Karakoram in Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh, covering 3,488 km. The troops were deployed in the mountain ranges that were 9,000 to 18,000 feet above mean sea level where the atmospheric temperature varied between 5 degree Celsius and minus 40 degree Celsius. Mr. Singh also distributed prizes to the best candidates in different fields of training. Devendra Kumar bagged the overall best trainee trophy. Other prize winners are Sube Singh (best in firing), Nitesh Kumar (best in endurance), Kapil Chauhan (best in drill) and Gagandeep (best in weapon).

Commandant Justine Robert was present.

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