Chinar Corps celebrates 78th raising day

The Indian Army’s Srinagar based Chinar Corps observed its 78th raising day on Wednesday, three years after it celebrated the centenary year. 

The Corps is responsible for guarding the Line of Control in Kashmir.

A function was held at the Chinar Corps headquarters here to mark the raising day. Corps Commander Lt Gen K J S Dhillon paid tributes at the war memorial by laying a wreath, defence spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said.

He said the Corps was raised during World War II at Barrakpora on March 20, 1942. As part of 14th Army, it participated in the Burma Campaign at Arakan during the World War II. Subsequently, the Corps was shifted to Karachi.

“In October 1947, the Corps got tethered to Kashmir for the first time when its 161 Infantry brigade was tasked to fight the invading Pakistani regulars and tribal raiders,” Kalia said.

“All operations during 1947-48 Indo-Pak conflict were controlled by HQ Jammu and Kashmir Force. Later, on January 4, 1955, at Udhampur, the Corps was entrusted with the role of complete security of J&K state. It made commutable contributions during 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars as well,” he said.

Among those who witnessed the mega event were a number of former Chinar Corps Commanders, including Lt Gen (retd) Nirbhay Sharma, the then Governor of Mizoram.