Monday, October 22, 2012-Major General Binoy Poonnen GOC 57th Mountain division handed over the reins of the division to Major General Karun Kumar Sinha after a successful and memorable tenure during an impressive ceremony at Leimakhong Army headquarters today.
According to Press Information Bureau(Defence Wing) sources,Major General Binoy Poonnen of The Mahar Regiment assumed the command of Red Shield Division in June 2011. He has rich experience of serving in During his command, the major thrust of the Division was directed towards assisting the State machinery in combating the menace of militancy by affecting numerous apprehensions, facilitating a large number of cadres to join the national mainstream and monitoring the Cease Fire and Suspension of Operations agreements between the government and underground organisations.
Concurrently, under the guidance of Major General Binoy Poonnen, the Division undertook numerous Military Civic Action programmes under Op Sadbhavna in the State to provide essential amenities to the local populace, supplement the infrastructure development efforts of the State Government and strengthen the bond between the Army and the people of Manipur, the PIB Defence wing statement added. He wished the people of the State peace and prosperity in the days to come and hoped that this wonderful part of India will soon be rid of the scourge of insurgency.
Major General Karun Kumar Sinha, a decorated infantry officer with varied experience both in India and abroad was commissioned into The Sikh Regiment. An alumnus of National Defence Academy, the General Officer is a soldier with very high professional credentials and has tenanted crucial Staff and Instructional appointments. General Sinha has immense experience of handling counter insurgency both at Staff and grass root ground level. The General Officer has represented the Army as a Team Leader in a prestigious United Nation Mission in Liberia.