Assam

New Delhi, July 12, 2019:

Bishmita Likhak, a member of Veerangana, the women commando unit of Assam police,  was awarded with the ‘Virangana Savitribai Phule National Award 2019’. She belongs to Lakhimpur district located in Upper Assam.

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Another Assam police personnel, Huneshwar Bora, a 24th AP IRBN jawan from Kakopathar in Assam received the “Babu Jagjeevan Ram National Samman Award 2019”.

The awards were presented in presence of former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar at Babu Jagjivan Ram Kala Sanskriti and Sahitya Akademi respectively in national capital New Delhi

It is to be noted that Veerangana is India’s first female commando unit which officially came into existence during the tenure of erstwhile Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in the year 2012. The main objective of the ‘Veeranganas’ is to act against eve teasers in Guwahati city.

The Veerangana team is is also specially trained using techniques that mirror those taught to US marines, martial artists, bike riders and horse riders. They are also taughtto handle lethal as well as non-lethal arms.

The women commandos are seen sporting a black uniform with a violet cap. They are trained to swiftly carry out their tasks against eve teasers and probable mischief makers who pose a threat to the safety and dignity of women.

The personnel of the 24th AP IRBN headquarted in Baksa are engaged in both operational as well as law and order duties.

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