Jammu: The Rashtriya Rifles (RR) on Thursday celebrated its silver jubilee, completing 25 years of fighting insurgency in the country.
Colonel S.D. Goswami, spokesman of army’s Udhampur headquartered northern command told Media Sources in winter capital that the Rashtriya Rifles celebrated its silver jubilee on Thursday.
“It was raised on October 1, 1990 by the then chief of army staff General V.N. Sharma. Three of the six Rashtriya Rifles battalions initially raised were deployed in Punjab and three in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Impetus was given by General B.C. Joshi under whom major expansion took place including a Rashtriya Rifles sector being raised in the North East. Later, all Rashtriya Rifles battalions moved to J&K and since then, Rashtriya Rifles has been engaged in low intensity conflict in J&K only. The present Director General of Rashtriya Rifles is Lieutenant General Sandeep Singh.
“The continuous employment of army in Counter Insurgency duties along with existing conventional threat warranted a specially structured and organised force to deal with India’s internal security situation.