Hyderabad: Deputy Chairman of Telangana Planning Council B Vinod Kumar has called on Defense Minister Rajnath Singh to establish the Telangana Infantry Regiment to honor the contribution of the Telangana people to the nation. He wrote a letter to the Minister of Defense in this regard and said that the Telangana government would give full support to the establishment of the regiment.
Recently, members of Telangana ex-military association met with the Deputy Chairman of Telangana Planning Council and informed him that the Indian Army was raising three new battalions with 3,000 troops under the Sikh, Kumaon and J&K. During the meeting, they felt that instead of raising new battalions from the existing regiments, a new Telangana infantry regiment should be created, he said in the letter. “Although we have achieved a separate state, we still believe that at the national level, our identity must be recognized. The establishment of a separate infantry regiment will be a step in this direction,” he said.
Vinod Kumar further stated that Hyderabad and Secunderabad have a long history of association with Indian Army and Secunderabad Cantonment is equipped with abundant land reserve and suitable ecosystem. The recent unfortunate incident in which Colonel Santosh Babu of Telangana was martyred deeply affected Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, he said.
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The 19th Hyderabad Regiment, an infantry regiment of the British Indian Army, was formed at the end of the First World War and played an important role until the Second World War. The Hyderabad Regiment’s lashkars specialized in jungle warfare and fought in the Middle East, North Africa, Persia, Malaysia, Singapore and Burma.
The Hyderabad Regiment was considered as one of the strongest regiments of the time but unfortunately the regiment was disbanded after independence and incorporated into the Indian Army as the Kumaon Regiment, a he explained.
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