Mahendra Singh Dhoni has spent last day of his Territorial Army posting in Jammu and Kashmir by celebrating the 73rd Independent Day in Ladakh in the company of soldiers.
Lt Col Dhoni reportedly also visited the Army General Hospital and paid tributes to martyrs at the Siachen War Memorial. He, according to reports, has also unfurled the Tricolour in Ladakh.
National broadcaster Doordarshan on its national channel has shared pictures of former India captain celebrating the Independence Day in Ladakh. “Indian cricketer #MSDhoni is in #Ladakh to celebrate #IndependenceDay
“He visited Army General Hospital and interacted with the patients. #Dhoni is in honorary rank of lieutenant colonel in Territorial #Army.#IndependenceDayIndia #IndiaIndependenceDay#IndependenceDay,” reads the caption with the pictures shared by DD at its official handle @DDNational.
He visited Army General Hospital and interacted with the patients. #Dhoni is in honorary rank of lieutenant colonel in Territorial #Army. #IndependenceDayIndia #IndiaIndependenceDay#IndependenceDay pic.twitter.com/wLfCf1tLwT
— Doordarshan National (@DDNational) August 14, 2019
The Independence Day also happens be the last day of Dhoni’s posting in the troubled Valley, which is facing high tension following the bifurcation of the State of Jammu and Kashmir, withdrawal of the special status accorded to the State under Articles 370 and 35.
On a two-month break from the Indian national cricket team duty, Dhoni is on the Army duty in the Valley where he has taken up patrolling, guarding and post duties with the troops as an Honorary Lt Colonel with the Parachute Regiment (106 Para TA battalion) unit of the Territorial Army.
Dhoni had completed five parachute training jumps in Agra to qualify as a paratrooper.