Ranchi: The Indian Army’s Bofors guns, which played a crucial role in the 1999 Kargil conflict, will be a part of the Republic Day parade being organised by the state government at Ranchi’s Morhabadi Ground on Thursday.
The Ranchi administration held a full-dress rehearsal of the parade on Tuesday morning at the Morhabadi Ground in keeping with the sequence of events on R-Day.
One bofors gun, wheeled in by the Army personnel from the Namkum military station, also took part in the parade alongside a marching contingent of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry.
“This is the first time that a bofors gun is being made a part of the R-Day parade in Ranchi,” district administrative officials here said.
In a statement, the Ranchi district administration said 17 marching contingents will take part in this year’s parade. Besides Army, the parade will have contingents from the CRPF, the ITBP, the CISF, the Seema Suraksha Bal, the Jharkhand Jaguar, the Chhattisgarh Police, three separate contingents of the Jharkhand Armed Police, the home guards, the NCC (boys and girls) and the men and women contingents of the district armed police.
Governor Ramesh Bais will preside over the celebrations in Ranchi while chief minister Hemant Soren will attend a parade ceremony in Dumka. “A full dress rehearsal for the R-Day function was held today,” Ranchi deputy commissioner Rahul Kumar Sinha said.
This year’s R-Day celebration is expected to draw a large crowd.
Craftsmen were on Tuesday busy giving final touches to the tableaux, which will be a part of the parade. A total of nine tableaux from various departments of the Jharkhand government will participate.





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