Gajraj Corps of the Indian Army celebrated its 58th Raising Day at a function held at its headquarters in Tezpur, Assam, on Sunday. Gajraj Corps was raised by Lt Gen B.M. Kaul at Tezpur on 4 October 1962 in the midst of India-China war and over the years, has played a commendable role in both conventional and counter-insurgency operations in the Eastern Theatre.
It may be recollected that during the India-Pakistan war of 1971, the Gajraj Corps made the famous advance to Dhaka during the liberation of Bangladesh and also participated in the Meghna Heli Bridge Operations. In fact, that operation had stunned the world’s armies. The then Corps Commander, Lt Gen Sagat Singh, PVSM had innovatively employed Mi-4 helicopters to cross Meghna River which was considered impassable and his Corps relentlessly attacked and defeated the Pakistani forces. The innovative use of helicopter has remained unparalleled.
The Corps had proved its mettle and very proficiently carried out its task in the most complex Sector in terms of distances from the logistic bases. The Corps was first to enter Dhaka. On this occasion, Lt Gen Shantanu Dayal, GOC 4 Corps, on behalf of all ranks paid homage to those who have made supreme sacrifice during the special ceremony and complimented all ranks for their dedication and devotion to duty while serving in Counter Insurgency areas of Assam as well as being deployed along the LAC in Arunachal Pradesh.