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Army raises first "ex-soldiers force" in J&K

Suchetgarh (Indo-Pak border), May 19: In a novel idea of using the services of retired soldiers of armed forces in Jammu and Kashmir during wars and natural calamities, army today set up its first "ex-servicemen force" here.

"We have set up the ex-servicemen force here first of its kind across the country to help armed forces during wars and natural calamities and to give new meaning to life of retired soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir", General Officer Commanding, Tiger Division, Major Gen Jasbir Singh told reporters here.

Named after the first warrior General Zorawar Singh, who as the first chief of the state armed forces conquered the area from the plains of the Punjab to Tibet braving hostile conditions, "Zorawar Sena", would assist armed forces as a second line of defence to keep guard of defence supplies and stores and to assist in collection of localised intelligence inputs.

Besides, it would be used to deal with the situation arising out of natural calamities such as earthquake, snowfalls and floods, Singh said adding this will infuse a new life among the retired soldiers.