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ITBP bags marching contingent award on R-Day, thanks to over 12 hours of practice

ITBP spokesperson credited 12 to 14 hours of rigorous practice, upto 19 km every day route march, and special yoga and meditation for the last two months for the achievement.

india Updated: Jan 29, 2018 16:38 IST
Indo Asian News Service, New Delhi
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Marching contingent of Indo-Tibetan Border Police at Rajpath during the 69th Republic Day Parade, in New Delhi, on Friday. (PTI)

Over 12 hours of practice every day for two months and special yoga and meditation sessions led the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) to win the best marching contingent award for the sixth time -- highest in the last two decades achieved by any paramilitary or auxiliary force -- on Republic Day.

The 148-member Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) contingent was led by assistant commandant Akshay Deshmukh.

The force, raised in 1962 and which is mandated to guard the 3,448 km India-China frontier, participated in the parade after a two-year gap.

“It was a matter of pride for us as our contingent was adjudged as the best marching contingent in this year’s Republic Day parade,” ITBP spokesperson Vivek Pandey told IANS on Monday.

“The best part of the contingent is that it represented all formations of the force comprising members from almost all its units.”

According to Pandey, the ITBP has won the best contingent trophy for the sixth time in last 22 years, earlier being in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004 and 2011.

The officer credited 12 to 14 hours of rigorous practice, upto 19 km every day route march, special yoga and meditation for the last two months for the achievement.

“Proportionate diet and liquid intake by the members of the contingent were also monitored to shape the personnel to do their best in the drill,” said the official.

First Published: Jan 29, 2018 16:37 IST