The National Security Advisor to the Government of India, Ajit Doval, visited Bengal Engineer Group and Centre Roorkee on Saturday to present “Doval Trophy”, a rolling trophy for Hockey Championship instituted, in memory of his father Maj Gunanand Doval who had a 36-year-long illustrious career in Bengal Sappers and was also an avid hockey player.
During the presentation ceremony a scintillating exhibition match between BEG and Centre team and team from various regiments of Bengal Sappers was played. Ajit Doval addressed the gathering and reminisced about his father identifying himself as a proud Indian Army Soldier and more so as a true Bengal Sapper. He spoke about his younger days, fond memories of the BEG & Centre, and of having carried the spirit and identity of Bengal Sappers in himself over the years. He commended the resilience, professionalism and contribution of Bengal Sapper, towards the Corps of Engineers, Indian Army and above all, the Nation. He said, Bengal Sappers happens to be one of the oldest Regimental Centre in service of the country with more than 200 years of rich history of valour. He exhorted the younger generation to carry forward the torch and achieve glory for Bengal Sappers and the Nation.
He extended his thanks to Lt Gen Harpal Singh, E-in-C and Colonel Commandant, the Corps of Engineers for giving him the opportunity to present the “Doval Trophy” to BEG & Centre, while commending the General Officer for his service to the nation. The NSA then visited the War Memorial of the Bengal Sappers, which is testament to the sacrifice of the martyrs and laid a wreath as mark of respect and homage to the martyrs, before leaving for New Delhi.