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Change of guard

Lt Gen. Raman Dhawan has taken over as general officer commanding of the Bengal area of the army. He replaces Lt Gen. A.K. Choudhary who retired on January 31.

A statement issued by the defence ministry said Lt Gen. Dhawan was commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery in 1977. He was involved in counter-insurgency operations in Manipur and Jammu and Kashmir. He was also instrumental in raising and commanding a division-sized force along the Line of Actual Control in Arunachal Pradesh.

Officers said Lt Gen. Dhawan has taken over the command of the Bengal Area at a time the armed forces are in the process of creating more units and formations in the east to increase their surveillance and striking capabilities.

“The new formations and units are coming up keeping China and its rising military might in mind. We do not have any intentions of starting any conflict but we want to take our preparations to such a level that if China flexes its muscles, we, too, are in a position to give them a befitting reply,” said the former GOC.