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A 1971 war veteran and a stickler for rules

General V.K. Singh took over as the new army chief on Wednesday on the retirement of Deepak Kapoor.

delhi Updated: Apr 01, 2010 01:17 IST
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General V.K. Singh took over as the new army chief on Wednesday on the retirement of Deepak Kapoor.

Commissioned into 2 Rajput in June 1970, Singh had been heading the army’s Kolkata-based Eastern Command.

A veteran of the 1971 India-Pakistan war and IPKF (Indian Peacekeeping Keeping Force in Sri Lanka) operations, Singh is a graduate of the US Army Infantry School and has also attended the US Army War College, Carlisle.

A senior army officer who has served with Singh said, “He is a stickler for rules and has zero tolerance for corruption. His personal conduct has been above the board.”

General Singh ordered an inquiry into the Sukna land case and recommended strict action against four generals allegedly involved. Singh, a third-generation officer of the Rajput Regiment, hails from Bapoda village in Bhiwani.

An army spokesperson said Singh has vast operational experience in counter-insurgency operations, Line of Control and high-altitude environment.