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Gangadharan new Colonel of the JAKLI regiment

He succeeds Lt. General Hari Prasad as GOC of the Northern Command

Shujaat Bukhari

SRINAGAR: Lt. Gen. P. R. Gangadharan on Friday took over as the Colonel of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) regiment at the 16th Biennial Battalion Commanders Conference held at the Regimental Centre here. He succeeds Lt. General Hari Prasad, GOC of the Northern Command who held the position for over three years.

Gen. Prasad handed over the baton of Colonelcy to Lt. Gen. Gangadharan at a glittering function. Lauding the valour of the regiment, Gen. Prasad said it had come a long way in a short time to occupy a significant place in the Army's history.

Initially, it was a group of volunteers who heeded the call of Late Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah to fight the tribal raiders from Pakistan and it later became the J & K militia in 1948.

The GOC said that the JAKLI had added to it's credit by producing the first Param Vir Chakra winner of the regiment, Subedar Major (and Honorary Captain) Bana Singh, who did a splendid job at Siachen Glacier, highest battlefield in the world. Lt. Triveni Singh who fought a suicide squad of militants at the Jammu Railway station was also from the JAKLI and was posthumously awarded the Ashok Chakra.

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