Shillong, Jul 01: The death anniversary of Captain Keishing Clifford Nongrum, who sacrificed his life during operations against Pakistani troops in the Kargil War in 1999 was observed here on Saturday.
A series of programmes were organised and the commemoration started with a Marathon flagged off by Meghalaya Governor, Banwarilal Purohit from Madan Iewrynghep to Basketball Court, JN Sports Complex, Polo, followed by a voluntary Blood Donation Camp. Later, the late Captain Keishing Clifford Nongrum Memorial Day function was held at the Raj Bhavan.
During the function at Raj Bhavan, the Governor released the film titled, “At the feet of Motherland: Life of Captain Clifford Nongrum” and felicitated the parents of (Late) Captain Nongrum.
Prizes to winners of various competitions held last month as part of the commemoration of death anniversary of Late Captain Keishing Clifford Nongrum as well as winners of the Marathon were distributed during the programme by the Governor.
Chief Secretary, Y. Tsering, Col.(Retd) Virendra Singh Bhalotia, Lt. Gen. Satish Dua, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to Chairman, COSC and Colonel of the J.K. Light Infantry Regiment, Defence personnel and senior State government officials and students attended the function.
Captain Keishing Clifford Nongrum was an Indian Army officer of the 12 Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry, who was posthumously awarded the Maha Vir Chakra, India’s second highest gallantry award, for exemplary valor in combat during operations in the Kargil War in 1999.
Capt. Clifford Nongrum was honored by Maha Vir Chakra for his extra ordinary valor and supreme sacrifice. He is the only person from Meghalaya to have won this distinct and prestigious honor. A bust of late Captain Clifford Nongrum was inaugurated at Rhino Museum Shillong in his memory.