Special Correspondent

Udhagamandalam: Colour and patriotic fervour marked the ceremony organised at the Madras Regimental Centre (MRC) at Wellington near here on Thursday in connection with the handing over of the prestigious baton of the Madras Regiment.

Major General V.D.I. Devavaram, the Commander, Junior Leaders Wing, The Infantry School, Belgaum, took over as the Colonel of the Madras Regiment (the oldest in the Indian Army) from Lieutenant General A.K. Chopra, Commandant, The National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, who has superannuated.

As the baton of the Colonel changed hands, the full-throated war cry of the soldiers of the Regiment (affectionately called `thambis') broke the silence of the decked-up barracks.

Bidding farewell to the officers and jawans of the MRC, Lt. General Chopra observed that the manner in which various units of the regiment were serving in different parts of the country was commendable. As part of the ceremony, a Sainik Sammelan was held. Among those present was the Commandant, MRC, V.P. Kashyap.