Lt Gen Ranbir Singh made Northern Army Commander

NEW DELHI: In a significant rejig of the Indian Army on Friday, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh (pictured), who announced the September 2016 surgical strikes in Pakistan, assumed the charge of the new Northern Army Commander, replacing Lt Gen Devraj Anbu who took over as the new Vice Chief of Army Staff.
Lt Gen Singh, 58, will be the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Northern Command headquartered at Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir.
He was the Director- General Military Operations (DGMO) when Indian Army commandos carried out the surgical strikes against insurgent camps in Myanmar in June 2015 and terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan-administered Kashmir on September 29, 2016. He was the officer who briefed the media about the operations.
Lt Gen Singh is likely to be a front-runners for the Army Chief’s post when General Bipin Rawat ends his tenure in December 2019. — IANS