Hindu officers observe roza; Maulvis conduct Durga aarti

J&K Light Infantry only army unit in country to have mosque, temple and gurudwara on one premises

Srinagar: The Jammu & Kashmir Light Infantry is the only army regiment in the country comprising residents of only one state. The Regiment, which turned 70 this year, was raised in 1947 by the locals, following the attack of tribals from across the border, and was originally named J&K militia.

J&K Light Infantry
A pandit, a maulvi and a granthi at the passing out parade of J&K Light Infantry (File photo)

In 1972 it became a part of the Indian Army and was given its present name. Almost half of the soldiers in the regiment are Muslims while the rest are from different religions including Buddhists.

Jawans of all religion worship at one place

There is a common place of worship for jawans belonging to all religions. The temple, mosque and gurdwara are located at the same place. The jawans and officers offer puja, namaz and ardas together. All of them observe roza, regardless of their religion. During Durga Pooja, maulvis conduct aarti.

Muslim jawans ensure Hindus get leave for Diwali

A J&K Light Infantry jawan with his family

During Diwali, Muslim jawans ensure that Hindu colleagues can go home by taking up their responsibilities. Non-vegetarian dishes are not cooked on Tuesdays to respect the religious sentiments of the Dogras.

Gallantry awards

Last year the fourth battalion of the J&K Light Infantry was deployed in Uri. Lance Naik Bathar Hussain spotted some terrorists. In the ensuing exchange of fire, one jawan was injured. However, Major Vijayant Bisht managed to rescue the jawan while Hussain provided covering fire.

Terrorists managed to escape but the team of Hussain and Bisht continued the search operations for 48 hours and killed both of them. Major Bisht was awarded Kirti Chakra and Hussain, Shaurya Chakra for bravery.

First core commander from the regiment

Lt. Gen. Satish Dua is Colonel of Regiment of J&K Light Infantry. He is the first officer of the regiment to become corp commander. His mentionable achievements include successful surgical strike and normalising the situation after Burhan Wani encounter.

(Story: Upmita Vajpayee)

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