The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel braved inhospitable conditions in Ladakh on 26 January when they marched with the national flag on the frozen water body at 17,000 feet above the sea level to celebrate Republic Day.
The ITBP personnel, including men and women, celebrated the event as the temperature recorded minus 25°C.
Referred to as the ITBP ‘Himveers’, the personnel raised a full-throated cry: “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” and “Vande Matram”.
There was another ITBP personnel team at 14,000 feet in Ladakh, celebrating the day at the Border Out Post. In a video captured from the height, the ITBP men were seen trudging slowly through the fresh snow.
Serving the nation in the most difficult and inhospitable terrain in Ladakh, the ITBP personnel are examples of valour, commitment and patriotism.
ITBP, the specialised mountain force — most of whose officers and men are trained mountaineers and skiers — guard the 3,488 km border from Ladakh’s Karakoram Pass to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh.
Republic Day celebrations are being held across the country, and the annual parade in New Delhi is the main event.
A battalion of ITBP jawans marched with the Indian national flag on a frozen water body in Ladakh to celebrate the Republic Day.
Another battalion of ITBP soldiers, including both men and women, were seen celebrating the 72nd Republic Day at a high-altitude border outpost in the union territory.
On the eve of Republic Day on 25 January, 17 ITBP personnel were awarded police service medals in various categories.
Two officers, Assistant Commandant Anurag Kumar Singh and Deputy Commandant Rajesh Kumar Luthra had been decorated with police medals for gallantry, three with the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service and 12 with police medals for Meritorious Service.
The ITBP contingent is set to be part of the Republic Day Parade on 26 January.