Four Army jawans were recently shot and killed at the Bathinda Military Station.
About Bathinda Military Station:
- It is located in Bathinda, Punjab.
- It is about 280km from the capital Delhi and 100km east of the border with Pakistan.
- It is the headquarters of the 10 Corps of the Army, better known as Chetak Corps.
- The military station is a vital operational as well as a logistics base for the Army units responsible for the defence of southern Punjab and adjoining Rajasthan.
- Apart from the organisation set-up of the Corps HQs and the attendant units, the military station has a number of units from infantry, armoured, artillery, army aviation, engineers, signals and other divisions located across its vast area.
- A vital ammunition dump is also part of the Bathinda military station.
- During British rule, Bathinda and its surrounding areas remained under the British flag and away from the Khalsa Raj of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
- During World War 1, it served as an important recruitment hub, feeding thousands of youth into the military supply chain for the British war machine.
- Gradually, Bathinda also became an important transit point for military forces focussed on the northwestern frontiers of undivided India.
Q1) What is an Army Corp?
The army corps is the largest regular army formation, though in wartime two or more corps may be combined to form a field army.