General Suhag Joins Office as India’s New Army Chief

New Delhi, July 31 (QNA) – Lieutenant General Dalbir Singh Suhag Thursday took command as the chief of Indian Army comprising 1.3 million troopers, the Press Trust of India (PTI) said.

The 59-year-old new chief succeeds General Bikram Singh.

Suhag’s appointment had caused a row when the outgoing United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government headed by then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh designated him as the army chief in May. The UPA ignored protests by General Suhag’s predecessor General VK Singh and the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Lt Gen Suhag, a Gurkha officer who had participated in the 1987 Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) operation in Sri Lanka, was the Vice Chief of Army Staff prior to his promotion.

General Suhag will serve a tenure of 30 months as the 26th Chief of the armed forces. He took over as the Vice Chief of Army Staff in December 2013, PTI added. (QNA)

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