Itanagar, October 4: Brigadier (Retd) Dr B D Mishra was sworn in as the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh and he took the oath of office by the Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court, Justice Ajit Singh in a brief ceremony at the Darbar Hall of Raj Bhavan in New Delhi. The swearing-in ceremony was followed by State Guard of Honour presented by Arunachal Pradesh Police at Raj Bhavan premises.
The 78-year-old Mishra was appointed by President Ram Nath Kovind on Sep 30 along with the Governors of Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar and Tamil Nadu. Brigadier Mishra retired from the Indian Army on July 31, 1995, after an illustrious career in the forces, beginning as a permanent regular infantry officer, on December 17, 1961.
He replaced Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya, who was holding the additional charge of the state since January 28 this year after then-Governor V Shanmuganathan had resigned following charges of sexual harassment.
Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, State Assembly Speaker Tenzing Norbu Thongdok, Parliamentary Secretaries, Members of Legislative Assembly, Chief Secretary Shakuntala Gamlin, senior officers, public leaders, special invitees and distinguished guests also attended the function.
Dr Mishra holds an MA from Allahabad University, an MSc from Madras University and a PhD from Jiwaji University, Gwalior, also has five years’ post-graduate and graduate level teaching experience in College of Combat at MHOW and in Defence Services Staff College at Wellington.
Back then 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 the gallant role in counter-terrorist operations.