A.K.Bhatt replaces Ranbir Singh as director general of military operations

A.K.Bhatt, a Gorkha officer, replaces Ranbir Singh, who has been appointed as the general officer commanding of the Mathura-based Strike 1 Corps


A BSF soldier guarding India-Pakistan border at Wagah. Photo: AFP
A BSF soldier guarding India-Pakistan border at Wagah. Photo: AFP

New Delhi: Lt General A.K.Bhatt has been appointed as the country’s new director general of military operations (DGMO) and will be in charge of all army operations including on the Line of Control (LoC) which has seen heightened tension.

Bhatt, a Gorkha officer, replaces Lt General Ranbir Singh, who has been appointed as the general officer commanding (GOC) of the Mathura-based Strike 1 Corps—one of the three assault forces of the army—which is mandated to cross into Pakistan in a short notice.

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It was during the tenure of Lt General Singh that India carried out surgical strikes at five separate locations in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to target terrorist launch pads. Bhatt is at present posted in the Army Headquarters as the additional director general of CAB (Complaint and Advisory Board).

The appointment was cleared by the appointment committee of the cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Lt General Shokin Chauhan, who headed the Strike 1 Corps, has been appointed as the new chief of the Assam Rifles.

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