Major General Ranjit Singh on Wednesday took over as the Inspector General of Assam Rifles (East).

Major General GAV Reddy handed over the reins of the IGAR (East) to Major General Singh, who will be the sixth incumbent at Srikona Garrison in Silchar.

Assam Rifles (East) looks after Tripura, Mizoram, South Assam and West Manipur and plays multifarious roles.

Assam Rifles (East), which carries out counter-insurgency operations in West Manipur, is involved in effective border management in Mizoram and civic action projects in the entire region to win over the hearts and minds of people, said a press statement.

Assam Rifles, the ‘force to reckon with’, is a professional, credible and people-friendly force, which contributes immensely towards ensuring security and improving the lives of people in Tripura, Mizoram, South Assam and West Manipur.

“Major General Ranjit Singh has vast operational experience of counter-insurgency operations in most difficult terrains across the country,” the statement said.

He commanded the 7th Battalion of Madras Regiment in Tinsukia, Binaguri and 56 Mountain Brigade at Dras in Kargil district which became famous for the 1999 Kargil War.

Major General Singh was awarded the prestigious Vishisht Seva Medal for his service as a Brigade Commander.

Earlier, he served in Mokokchung, Tinsukia and Rangiya and has been handpicked for this prestigious appointment, the statement said.

The Inspector General has a pleasant and unassuming demeanor, combined with a razor-sharp intellect and vision, it added.

“Assam Rifles under his able leadership and guidance is likely to contribute substantially towards ushering in peace, prosperity and stability in the Northeast region,” the statement further said.

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