The members of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka throughout 1989-90 of the 122 Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army), Madras Regiment, are assembly 33 years after the Operation (OP) Pawan. The IPKF Warriors Meet 2024 will probably be held on the West Hill barracks in Kozhikode from 8 a.m. to three p.m. on February 14.
The unit commanded by then Colonel P.V. Sahadevan was the one unit of the IPKF that returned house with none casualties. Colonel Sahadevan later grew to become Brigadier and bagged Veera Chakra, Vishisht Seva Medal and Athi Vishisht Seva Medal for his exploits within the 1971 Indo-Pak warfare and missions in opposition to the Naga terrorists within the northeast area earlier than his retirement. He was additionally Deputy Commandant of National Security Guards and Deputy Director of Border Security Force.
The 122 Infantry Battalion, then based mostly at Kannur below the identify ‘Kannur Terriers’, has since then shifted to Kozhikode and assumed the identify ‘Malabar Terriers’. It is now being commanded by Colonel D. Naveen Benjit. Incidentally, his father Major General (Rtd) David Iver Devavaram, recipient of Sena Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal, who had led one of many battalions of Madras Regiment below Brigadier Sahadevan, would be the chief visitor on the IPKF Warriors Meet.
Former Subedar Rahman P.A., one of many organisers of the occasion informed reporters right here on Monday that round 400 out of 700 troopers who had been a part of the OP Pawan would participate within the meet. The occasion would come with inauguration of the OP Pawan Corner, meant to create consciousness on the operation amongst youthful technology, in addition to unveiling set up on the gate of the barracks.
“This is the first time such a get together is happening for soldiers who took part in the operation. The OP Pawan Corner is also the first of its kind,” stated Mr. Sahadevan, who took the initiative for the assembly.
Former Subedar Major M.P. Rajan and Former Captain Radhakrishnan E.Okay. had been current on the press meet.