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Dalbir Singh Suhag: India’s 26th Army chief

On his first day in office Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag warned Pakistan that India’s response to any beheading-like incident in future would be more than adequate, intense and immediate. Dalbir Singh Suhag is India’s 26th Army chief gave a befitting reply to Pakistan after the beheading of Indian soldier Lance Naik Hemraj along the line of control in Poonch sector by Pakistani troops. Pakistani Special Forces under the Border Area Teams (BAT) had carried out the operation of beheading Hemraj and mutilitating the body of Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh. They had also killed five Indian troops in the same sector in a joint attack by Pakistani Special Forces and LeT terrorists. Lt. Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag took over today as the head of the 1.3 million strong force succeeding Gen. Bikram Singh who is retiring. 59-year-old Lt. Gen. Suhag is 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. His tenure will be of 30 months as the 26th Chief of Army Staff. After the NDA government took over, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley continued with the appointments made during UPA rule. He is an alumnus of Sainik School, Chittorgarh. He joined National Defence Academy in 1970 and was commissioned into 4/5 GR (FF) in June 1974. He holds the distinction of commanding 8 Mountain Division in Kargil from October 2007 to December 2008.

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