Lt. Gen. Bikram Singh is new Eastern Command chief

Last Updated: Thu, Apr 01, 2010 15:50 hrs

Lt. Gen. Bikram Singh Thursday took over as the chief of Indian Army's Eastern Command.

Lt. Gen. Bikram Singh, an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, was commissioned into the Sikh Light Infantry regiment in 1972 and has held several important command and staff posts, an army statement said.

He replaces Gen. V.K. Singh who took charge as the Indian Army chief Wednesday.

Lt. Gen. Bikram Singh commanded an infantry battalion in the northeast and along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, besides serving in three UN Peace Keeping Missions, the statement said.

Earlier, he was posted as director of general (staff duties) at the integrated headquarters of the ministry of defence.