India did well to avenge the death of 18 soldiers in Uri by successfully conducting a surgical strike in Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir (PoK). The meticulously planned mission is a huge success as Indian Army killed at least 38 and there was no casualty from the Indian side. A major chunk of this success can be attributed to our Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag, who monitored the entire operation from the Army headquarters at New Delhi on Wednesday night.
It is interesting to note that Suhag has a past connection with the Northeast as he had served here as the Commander of 3 Corps. Later, he served as the Eastern Commander before taking over as the Indian Army Chief.
Suhag’s ‘botched up’ connection with Northeast India
Dalbir’s connection with this region, however has not been happy. When he was serving as the Commander of 3 Corps, an intelligence operation was botched up by his unit. The then Army Chief and currently Union Minister Gen V K Singh slapped a ban on Dalbir as he was the unit’s commanding officer. The intelligence operation was conducted against a military contractor in Jorhat under Captain Rubina Kaur Keer, who was Dalbir’s second-in-command. It was alleged that in the operation in December 2011, masked men in army uniforms blindfolded four members of a family and ransacked their house and took off with weapons, jewellery and cash.
However, completely refuting these allegations, Dalbir Singh Suhag had stated in an affidavit, ‘Directions for initiating administrative action against me … smacks of a motivated, biased, arbitrary and malicious intent to punish me which the then Chief of Army staff executed apparently as planned by him.’