The former Commander of the National Security Guard (NSG) Counter Hijack Force, Brigadier (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd.), will be sworn in as the new Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory of Ladakh today.
Brig. Mishra will replace R.K. Mathur, who held the position since 2019 when Ladakh became a union territory. The oath-taking ceremony will take place at the Sindhu Sanskriti Kendra in Leh.
The 83-year-old retired brigadier is a decorated veteran of the Indian Army, with a distinguished career spanning over 33 years and 7 months. He was commissioned in the Madras Regiment’s Infantry on December 17, 1961. Brig. Mishra served in all three major wars, including the Sino-Indian War of 1962, the Indo-Pak War of 1965, and the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971.
He also operated in insurgency areas from 1963 to 1964 and commanded an Infantry Battalion on the Line of Control in Poonch Sector from 1979-81. Brig. Mishra commanded an Infantry Brigade as part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka and fought against the LTTE during the most intense stage of Operation PAWAN from 1987 to 1988.
Brig. Mishra’s most notable achievement was on the night of April 24 and 25, 1993, when he led a surgical strike on an Indian Airlines hijacked aircraft at Raja Sansi Airfield, Amritsar. After the elimination of the hijacker by the commandos, 126 passengers, 9 infants, and 6 crew members were safely rescued. He received a Commendation from the Prime Minister of India for this operation.
After his retirement, when the Pakistani Army occupied the Kargil defences, he volunteered to join the Kargil War in 1999.
Born on July 20, 1939, in Uttar Pradesh, Brig. Mishra is a highly respected and accomplished individual. His vast experience and leadership skills are expected to serve the Union Territory of Ladakh well.
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