Lt General Abhay Krishna, who owns extensive service experience of the Northeast India, was on 31 July 2017 appointed as the Chief of the Indian Army's Eastern Command. Krishna succeeds Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi who has retired from service.
The appointment of Krishna comes at a time when India is facing a stand-off with Chinese troops along the Sikkim sector.
Krishna was currently serving as the Head of the Army's Jaipur-based Southwestern Command.
About Lt General Abhay Krishna
• Commissioned into the Rajputana Rifles in 1980, Lt Krishna has commanded an infantry battalion in Sikkim.
• He was responsible for planning operations as Brigadier General Staff of the Dimapur-based 3 Corps.
• He had also commanded a Rashtriya Rifles Battalion in the Kashmir Valley.
• Krishna has served four terms of duty along the Line of Actual Control on the northern borders.
• He has served twice as an UN observer in Mozambique, Rwanda and Burundi.
• He was presented with a gallantry award for his counter-insurgency operations in Manipur.
Who: Lt Gen Abhay Krishna
Why: 31 July 2017
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