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Nagaland tribute to war hero

Kohima, July 26: Senior officials of the army in Nagaland today paid rich tribute to Kargil War hero Capt. Neikezhakuo Kenguruse, who was awarded the Mahavir Chakra posthumously, at his memorial in Nerhema village, about 15km from here. The martyr’s family members were also present.

The occasion is marked every year by the 11 Assam Rifles of HQ 5 Sector under the aegis of HQ IGAR (North).

Those present included inspector-general of the Assam Rifles (North), Maj. Gen. M.M. Naravane, director of Sainik Welfare, Nagaland, Brig. (retd) Roy Choudhary, besides army and Assam Rifles officers.

Saluting the martyr for his exceptional act of bravery, Maj. Gen. Naravane said 14 years have passed and the contribution of Capt. (late) Kenguruse is remembered as the true resemblance of a Naga warrior.

He reflected on how Capt. Kenguruse had volunteered to undertake a daring commando mission of attacking a well-sited enemy machine gun position on a cliff face, which was heavily interfering with the main objective of the battalion.

“As the commando team scaled the cliff face, it faced intense mortar and automatic firing, which caused heavy casualties,” the general said, adding that the officer sustained splinter injury in his abdomen.

Bleeding profusely yet undeterred, he urged his men to carry on with the assault.

On reaching the final cliff face, the commando team was halted by a sheer rock wall that separated them from the enemy machine gun post.

The officer took off his shoes to get a good grip and scaled the rock wall carrying with him a rocket launcher, which he fired at the enemy position.

“Unmindful of his personal safety, the officer thereafter charged at the enemy position and personally killed two men with his rifle and another two with his commando knife in a hand-to-hand combat before succumbing to his injury,” Naravane said.

He said the manner in which Capt. Kenguruse fought against the enemy and helped achieve victory in the Kargil War continues to inspire the uniformed personnel till date.

He also highlighted the leadership qualities of this brave officer and encouraged the local youths present to emulate such bravery so that the country reaches greater heights.

He also lauded the martyr’s parents.

The 11 Assam Rifles conducted a lecture for the youth of Nagaland to motivate them to join the armed forces and distributed pamphlets giving details of various recruitment schemes.

Capt. (late) Kenguruse was born on July 15, 1974.

He did his schooling at St Xavier School, Jalukie, in Peren district and graduated from Kohima Science College.

He served as a teacher at Government High School, Kohima, from 1994 to 1997 and was commissioned into the army on December 12, 1998.