Shuja'at Bukhari

Motorcycle display was put up by Corps of Signals

SRINAGAR: The split-second precision movements, the heart stopping stunts and scintillating human formations took everyone's breath away. The "Dare Devils" were at it again.

The motorcycle display, put up by the Corps of Signals team of the Uri Brigade on Thursday, mesmerised the audience of about 2,000 civilians, Army, paramilitary and civil officers.

"Dare Devils' are the pride of the Corps of Signals. Their display of breathtaking acrobatics with skill and extreme sense of devotion to duty is one of the major factors contributing to the high prestige of the Corps" said defence spokesman Lt. Col. V.K. Batra. Some of the feats were "death defying."

Similar performances

The team has given similar performances at major Signal units and cantonments, including the dizzy heights of Leh. It also performed at the opening ceremony of the 3rd South Asian Federation Games. Thursday's event was chaired by Uri Brigade Commander D.S. Hooda.

Led by Capt. Rahul Julyal, the "Dare Devils" have the distinction of performing at the 1982 Asian Games, SAF Games, Afro-Asian Games, National Games, Army Day and Republic Day Celebrations.

The team has several world records to its credit. The most remarkable of them: 210 men on 10 motorcycles in 2001.

Riding over a take-off board, a rider jumps over 20 comrades lying on the ground side by side. The leap: a distance of 50 to 60 feet.

Another rider jumps through a circular ring of flaming fire. There were other features as well.

The audience comprised a large number of students from Uri, Rampur, Naugam and Baramulla. It was also an opportunity for the people of the remote areas to witness the rare performance.