Indian Army - News Folder - April 2004

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Army Chief to take part in Ambala war game
[Hindustan Times, 26 April 2004]


Man Aman Singh Chhina in Chandigarh

The Chief of Army Staff, General N.C. Vij, will be visiting HQ 2 Corps in Ambala to observe and take part in a large-scale war game that began on 25 April 2004. The war game is expected to conclude on April 28, sources said, adding Gen Vij would be on a two-day visit. A large number of formation commanders of the Western Command, including GOC-in-C Lt. Gen J.J. Singh and Corps Commanders of the region, would be taking part in the war game. Gen Vij will also visit the Patiala-based 1 Armoured Division HQ, where he will be briefed on operational aspects. One of the objectives of the war game is to test the new theory of deployment of strike groups, which the Army Chief revealed recently. "After the concept has been validated and 'war-gamed' thoroughly, it will be tried out on the ground in a series of exercises to simulate battle conditions," a senior officer disclosed. One of the factors in the new concept of strike formations is said to involve integrated battle groups with inter-service/inter-arms composition to strike rapidly at the enemy instead of deploying strike corps, which takes longer to be concentrated in an area for operations.

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Weekly defence column "Reveille" HT Chandigarh, April 27 (no archives)

New MD for CSD
Maj Gen Jayanta Kumar Mohanty, presently commanding an infantry division in Jammu and Kashmir, is slated to join as Managing Director of Canteen Stores Department. Though it is not a key operations or staff appointment, it is considered important. He replaces Maj Gen PK Singh, who is slated to take over a Corps. While Gen Mohanty is from the Dogra Regiment, Gen PK Singh is from the Artillery; regiments of the present and previous Army Chiefs, perhaps coincidentally. Senior retired officers wonder if an assignment such as MD of CSD would help groom an officer properly after he has commanded a division and as he waits his turn for higher professional assignments ahead.

Promotion board for 1968 batch held
The promotion board for Army officers of 1968 batch has been held during the recently concluded Army Commanders conference in New Delhi. These officers are due for promotion from the rank of Major General to Lt General. Meanwhile, not all officers of the 1967 batch have been placed yet in appointments for Lt Gen. Grapevine has it that Maj Gen Susheel Gupta, presently serving as Additional Military Secretary in Army HQs is due to take over as GOC 1 Corps but the approval of the ministry is stuck because the Defence Minister is busy in elections. Present GOC of the Corps, Lt Gen Tej Pathak has already served his tenure.

Accidental death at IMA
A Gentleman cadet at Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun, recently died after the INSAS 5.56 rifle he was carrying went off accidentally. Sources inform that the GC was on a firing detail and was waiting for his turn on the firing range when he tried to insert the magazine into the rifle. There are strict instructions for GCs not to affix the loaded magazine beforehand but the cadets are excited over the prospect of firing live ammunition and try to check if everything is all right with the weapon. In this particular case, IMA officers claim, the GC fixed the magazine and thumped the rifle on the ground a trifle hard with the result that the weapon fired and the bullet hit him in his forehead killing him on the spot. Officers say the INSAS rifle is a bit unpredictable as compared to its predecessor, the 7.62 mm SLR.

Old soldier fades away

Recipient of prestigious Military Cross Brigadier M.R. Dutt, who was one of the oldest Army soldiers in the region, passed away in Shimla at the age of 85. He was residing in Shimla for the fast five years.

Elder brother of actor late Utpal Dutt, Brig Dutt had a unique distinction of commanding four infantry battalion during his career. He won the Military Cross as a Second Lieutenant during the Second World War.

Brig. Dutt, an alumnus of Defense Service Staff College, was commissioned on January 11, 1942 in the First Punjab Regiment. He had the distinction of holding various prestigious posts including Chief Instructor in the Indian Military Academy, Instructor in the Westminster School of Weaponry in the UK, Assistant Military Secretary in the Army Headquarters and General Staff Officer in the Infantry School.

He is survived by his wife who is from a Royal family of Koti, an erstwhile hill state.


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