Kibithu military garrison named after Gen Bipin Rawat

A military station and a major road near the Lohit Valley on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China were recently named after the country’s first CDS General Bipin Rawat.

Key Points

  • Kibithu is a small village on the banks of the Lohit Valley in the eastern part of India. Kibithu is considered an important place from military and strategic point of view.
  • General Rawat commanded his battalion 5/11 Gorkha Rifles at Kibithu as a colonel from 1999-2000 and contributed significantly in strengthening the security structure of the area.
  • Chief Minister Khandu named the 22 km long road from Walong to Kibithu as ‘General Bipin Rawat Marg’. A life-size mural of General Rawat was also unveiled on the occasion.

About General Bipin Rawat

  • He is an infantry officer from the 5/11 Gorkha Rifles. Prior to this appointment, he was the Vice Chief of the Army. He has held key appointments in the Army headquarters and with the UN peacekeeping force.
  • He hails from Uttarakhand and had received the ‘sword of honour’ when he passed out from the Indian Military Academy in 1978.
  • General Rawat has tremendous hands on experience of serving in combat areas and at various functional levels in the Indian Army over the last three decades.
  • He has handled various operational responsibilities in many areas, including along the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan, LAC (Line of Actual Control) with China and in the North-East.

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