In a proud moment for Assam, Lt Siddhartha Sinha from Karimganj was seen commanding his regiment during the 73rd Republic Day parade on Rajpath in New Delhi on Wednesday.

The news was received with pride and ecstasy in his native village that falls under Patharkandi circle of Karimganj district in Southern Assam’s Barak Valley. Singh was commanding PMS Bridge, which provides support for armoured and mechanized units of the Army in crossing streams and other waterbodies. The bridge has a carrying capacity of up to 80 tons.

Lieutenant Siddhartha Sinha, a second-generation officer from his family in the Army, started his service from November 21, 2020, and is currently posted in the 16 Madras Engineering Regiment.

Soon after the telecast, villagers thronged the residence of Sinha to congratulate his parents. It was a joyous feeling for them as this was for the first time that an Army jawan from the village has earned such an exalted responsibility.

His parents, Shibani and Lakhikanta Sinha, relished in the glory and hoped that their son would achieve bigger feats in the future.

His father Lakhikanta told the media that he himself served 30 years in the Army before retiring. Siddhartha nurtured ardour and urge to join the Army right from his childhood, his father shared.

“This is a proud moment for us. We feel completely on the top of the world and wish him more success,” Lakhikantha said.

Siddhartha studied in an Army school in Hyderabad from class 1-12 as his father Lakhikanta was posted there during that period. Later, he completed his graduation from Bhavan’s Vivekananda College, Hyderabad, and then opted for the science stream. He completed engineering from Madras Engineering College before joining the Army, said Lakhikanta.

Patharkandi MLA Krishnendu Paul also took to his social account congratulating Sinha for his achievement.

“..gives me absolute pleasure and great joy to know that Lieutenant Siddarth Sinha… a proud son of Shri Lakhikanta Sinha, a resident of Purbo Piplacherra, Balipipla GP…will be the Commanding Officer #RepublicDayParadeCelebration2022. This has given us a great reason to celebrate the occasion with patriotic fervour and enthusiasm. I Congratulate the proud son of #Assam from #Patharkandi for his major and inspirational achievement and wish him all success in life” he wrote on facebook.

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