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Army veteran cycles 12,000 km in martyrs' memory.

Major General Somnath Jha ( Retd) has covered 12,000 km in 147 cyclind days - almost three-and-half times more than the distance covered by the Tour de France-to pay homage to 21,000 martyrs since Independence.

The veteran began his journey from Ambala Cantonment in Harayana on October 19, 2016, along with his wife Chitra, a wtiter and holistic health coach, and two others, who followrd him in a car and looked after the logistics of his journey that ended in New Delhi on April 19.

Jha (59) first entered Uttar Pradesh, followed by Bihar and then his home state, West Bengal.  From there, he went on to cover the northeast.

During this leg of the tour, the veteran received a knee injury and had to take a week's break.

Jha then travelled along the country's east coast to enter Maharashtra and was in Pune on February 25 were he laid a wreath at the National War Memorial..

Later he covered MP, Rajasthan, Punjab and Jammu region excluding Kashmir owing to security reasons.

From there, he reached Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, before concluding his journey in New Delhiwhere he laid a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti and was felicitatef by Army Chief Bipin Rawat, among other officers.

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Comment by Rudolph.A.Furtado on May 15, 2017 at 8:42am

At the age of 59 years this remarkable cycling feat by Retd Major General Somnath.Jha is the adventure of dreams by common mortals.


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