Brig BD Mishra (retd) appointed Arunachal Guv

 ITANAGAR, Sept 30 – Retired Army Brigadier Dr B D Mishra was today appointed as the regular Governor of the frontier State of Arunachal Pradesh.The 78-year-old Mishra was appointed to the gubernatorial post by President Ram Nath Kovind along with the Governors of Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar and Tamil Nadu. He replaces the Arunachal and Nagaland Governor PB Acharya, who was holding the additional charge of Arunachal since January 28 this year after the then Governor V Shanmuganathan had resigned following charges of sexual harassment.

Dr Mishra retired from the Indian Army on July 31, 1995 as Brigadier after an illustrious career in the forces, beginning as a permanent regular infantry officer, on December 17, 1961.

He was the Commander of NSG (Black Cat Commandos) Counter Hijack Task Force that assaulted the hijacked aircraft of Indian Airlines and successfully executed the rescue operation at Raja Sansi Airfield, Amritsar on April 24, 1993. All 124 travellers and crew members were rescued in the operation, after eliminating the hijackers, without any casualty or damage. He received the Prime Minister’s appreciation for his role in ending this hijack crisis.

Dr Mishra was part of the 1962 Sino-Indian war, 1971 Liberation War and the 1965 war with Pakistan. He also played a role in tackling the Naga insurgency movement in Nagaland in 1963-1964 and fought against the LTTE as the Leading Brigade Commander of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Jaffna, Vavunia and Trincomalee in Sri Lanka during the period 1987-1988.

He had also volunteered for the Kargil war after retirement. He has received commendation for gallant role in counter terrorist operations.

Dr Mishra holds an MA from Allahabad University, an MSc from Madras University and a PhD from Jiwaji University, Gwalior. He has five years’ post-graduate and graduate level teaching experience in College of Combat at MHOW and in Defence Services Staff College at Wellington. When contacted, a Raj Bhavan official here said that the date for swearing-in ceremony of the Governor-designate is yet to be finalised.

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