NEW DELHI (PPI) - General VK Singh, senior-most infantry officer, Wednesday was handed over the charge of Indian Army Chief from the outgoing chief General Deepak Kapoor and would formally assume his new office Thursday (today). He will be the first commando to take over as Army Chief. Gen Singh, till lately GOC-in-C of Kolkata-based Eastern Command, was handed over the charge by Gen Kapoor at a ceremony in South Block here. Singh will be 26th Army Chief and stay at helm of 1.13 million-strong army for more than two years. He was in news recently when he recommended action against four general ranked officers indicted by a probe in Sukna land scam in Darjeeling district of West Bengal. He is graduate from Wellington-based Defence Services Staff College and US Army War College at Carlisle and did a Rangers Course, a prestigious commando training, at Fort Benning in the US. Experienced in counter-insurgency, Line of Control and high altitude operations, Singh was Brigadier General Staff of a Corps during 'Operation Parakram when troops were mobilised on the border in wake of 2001 terror attack on Parliament.