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NSA Doval recalls fond memories of Bengal Sappers

NSA Ajit Doval paying homage at the War Memorial of the Bengal Sappers, a testament to the sacrifice of the martyrs

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval visited Bengal Engineer Group and Centre in Roorkee to present the 'Doval Trophy', a rolling trophy for hockey championship instituted in memory of his father Maj Gunanand Doval who had a 36 year long illustrious career in Bengal Sappers and was also an avid hockey player.  

Doval addressed the gathering and reminisced about his father identifying himself as a proud Indian army soldier and more so as a true Bengal Sapper. He spoke about his younger days, fond memories of the BEG and centre, and of having carried the spirit and identity of Bengal Sappers in himself over the years.

He commended the resilience, professionalism and contribution of Bengal Sappers towards the Corps of Engineers, Indian army and above all, the nation. He said that Bengal Sappers happens to be one of the oldest regimental centres in service of the country with more than 200 years of rich history of valour. He exhorted the younger generation to carry forward the torch and achieve glory for Bengal Sappers and the nation.

During the presentation ceremony, a scintillating exhibition match between BEG and Centre team and a team from various regiments of Bengal Sappers was played. Doval also extended his thanks to Lt Gen Harpal Singh, E-in-C and Colonel Commandant, the Corps of Engineers for giving him the opportunity to present the 'Doval Trophy' to BEG & Centre, while commending the General Officer for his service to the nation.

The NSA then visited the War Memorial of the Bengal Sappers, which is testament to the sacrifice of the martyrs and laid a wreath as a mark of respect and homage to the martyrs.