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City ex-servicemen for Moirang rally

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VIJAYAWADA: As many as 12 ex-servicemen from Andhra Pradesh will leave on Friday for Moirang in Manipur, where over 5,000 members of Purva Sainik Parishad are gathering on April 14 to celebrate the hoisting of the tri-colour on this day in 1944 by the Azad Hind Fauz under the leadership of Subhash Chandra Bose. Leading the team is Chalasani Balaramaiah, chairman of CBR Foundation of Sports based at Kethanakonda in Krishna district, who is also vice-president of the parishad.

Speaking to media persons on the eve of departure of the delegation, D. Samanthaka Mani, secretary of the CBR Foundation of Sports, said on Thursday that during World War II, the Indian National Army (INA) declared India's freedom from the clutches of the colonial rule and the tri-colour was hoisted for the first time.

“Moirang, situated 100 km. from Imphal, was the headquarters of Azad Hind Fauz. Colonel Malik of the INA hoisted the tri-colour with the help of Manipuris who were members of the army. For lakhs of ex-servicemen, April 14 is the most memorable day, as it was on this day that Subhash Chandra Bose declared India's freedom,” she said.

Ms. Samanthaka Mani said that the members of the parishad will take part in the victory rally at Moirang and also share their experiences with the Indian Army. The delegation will leave for Manipur by Guwahati Express from here on Friday. Hailing the role of Subhash Chandra Bose, the CBR Foundation will be exhibiting banners in all the important thoroughfares of the city like Benz Circle, Railway Station, Moghalrajapuram and Police Control Room.

“Our motto is to inspire the youth by passing on the message of the struggle launched by our leaders to achieve freedom to our country. The role of Bose will be long remembered, as he had his own views on achieving freedom," she said. Members of the Azad Hind Fauz Asharam, students and athletes of CBR Foundation of Sports, along with SAI athletic coach Vinayak Prasad, congratulated the team on their trip to Moirang. She said that members will also visit the museum that displays some wartime relics and photographs.

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