Indian Army chief in Bangladesh

Last Updated: Sunday, June 19, 2011 - 22:26

Dhaka: General VK Singh, the Indian Army
Chief who took part in the 1971 Indo-Pak war that led to the
liberation of Bangladesh, Sunday arrived in the capital on a
five-day official visit to deepen military ties between the
two neighbours.

General Singh, who is here at the invitation of his
Bangladeshi counterpart General Mohammed Abdul Mubeen, will be
the chief guest at the passing-out parade at Bangladesh
Military Academy on June 22 in southeastern port city of
Chittagong, the Defence Ministry said in a statement.

The presence of the top Indian General at the ceremony
was expected to inspire young Bangladeshi officers with the
spirit of 1971 Liberation War.

Commissioned in the Rajput Regiment, Singh took part
in the Bangladesh`s Liberation war and was part of the
operations in several areas, including Feni and Cox`s Bazar.

General Singh made special efforts to boost military-
to-military ties with Bangladesh as India`s eastern army
commander based in Kolkata prior to taking over as the army
chief.

The top General, who is accompanied by his wife
Bharati Singh and senior army officials, is expected to call
on President Zillur Rahman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, meet
the chiefs of three services and visit different military
installations in the country.

According to earlier reports, Singh has brought with
him two 3.7 inch howitzers and a modern lab of 50 computers
for training of troops.

The Indian Army chief will also gift a rock-climbing
wall to the Bangladesh Army to help train its mountaineers.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, June 19, 2011 - 22:26

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