A battle tank used during the Indo-Pak war in 1971 has been placed in a heritage museum in Meghalaya to instill a sense of pride among the people of the state, officials said. The ‘Vijayanta’ tank has been placed at the Rhino Heritage Museum at Rilbong crossing.
“The war trophy (tank) has moved over a distance of 3,600 km from New Delhi to Shillong under the aegis of HQ 101 Area, and is now standing majestically on the crossroads of Shillong as a tribute to the valour and spirit of Indian Army in protecting the sovereignty of the nation,” a defense spokesperson said.
He said the tank was first pressed into service in 1966 and phased out in 2004.
The Rhino Museum features the history of 101 Area, the first army formation to reach Dhaka during the 1971 Indo-Pak War. The structure in which the museum is housed was built in 1928 and is historically significant. Historical photographs related to the military and the local culture are also displayed at this museum. Additionally, the museum also houses weapons used during the War of Liberation of Bangladesh.