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Kargil War Story, ‘Setting Up Zoo Priority’ Over Surveillance

In India on April 10, 2014 at 21:29

What the Government of India and the Army tried to hush up is open .

 

Not only the ground intelligence of the impending attack by Pakistan and the intrusion of Pakistani  Irregulars into India, the Army was busy organizing

a Zoo, vetoing Air Surveillance!

 

VK Singh praises Musharaff

VK Singh Comments on Musharraf

 

Equal measure of responsibility by the then Political Masters who wanted to play to the International Gallery.

 

While it is reported that the Army tried to destroy the Documents relating to Kargil War, the Congress, in the opposition then made a cursory

noise,possibly a reciprocal arrangement for BJP not putting up adequate pressure on Security issues.

 

And note the Candidates being put up by the Congress against Modi!

 

Viva La Democracy!

 

Story:

 

“Establishment India and its non-official spokespersons insist, despite a string of media exposes, that there were no institutional military failures in the months before the war. Over the last 14 months, the most damning pieces of evidence of such failur es have been discredited and suppressed. Claims that Brigadier Surinder Singh, the then Commander of the 121 Brigade, warned of possible conflict have been flatly rejected by officials as untrue. ..

 

The documents also show that his superiors, including former Chief of the Army Staff V.P. Malik, refused to act on these warnings, and even blocked 121 Brigade initiatives to defend Kargil more intensively. Wh ile the broad contents of the 121 Brigade papers have figured in several publications, including Frontline, this is the first time the original documents have been acquired and made available to the public.

WHAT MALIK WAS TOLD

On August 25, 1998, Major R.K. Dwivedi, the Brigade-Major of the 121 Brigade, sent out a letter marked 124/GSD/Vis. To this letter were attached the contents of Surinder Singh’s proposed briefing of Malik on the security situation in Kargil, scheduled to take place during the Chief of the Army Staff’s visit to Kargil the following month. The 42-point document was, during the final presentation, backed by slides.

Right at the outset, the 121 Brigade briefing paper analysed, in terse military shorthand, the possible “En(emy) Pattern” for the coming months. Pakistan, paragraph 5(a) noted, would seek to keep conflict “alive after (the Pokhran-II) nuc(lear) blasts an d in view (of the) SAARC m(ee)t(in)g of 29 Jul(y) 98 and now for (the) NAM m(ee)t(in)g.”..

3 Division took the best part of a fortnight to get back to this letter. Major V.K. Chattre, General Staff Officer 2 to the officiating Colonel General Staff, wasted few words. “Your proposal is not approved,” letter 1124/Trg flatly said. 15 Corps Headqu arters in Srinagar, at that time in charge of the 3 Infantry Division, did not see fit to intervene in the debate. Requests for additional troops were not even graced with a reply. One letter generated by the 121 Brigade’s Major R.K. Dwivedi, on behalf o f Surinder Singh, marked 101/GS(Ops)/ANE, pointed to a recent mine explosion on the highway, and underlined the need for troops to protect the road and vulnerable villages. No troops were deployed. Indeed, despite the 121 Brigade’s protests, the 9 Mahar Regiment was actually withdrawn, leaving the Yaldor area wide open.

FIVE HUNDRED IRREGULARS, AND A ZOO

Nothing better illustrates the space between the worlds of 3 Division Headquarters and the 121 Brigade than two letters that form part of the papers Frontline’s investigation has unearthed.

On May 16, 1998, 3 Division sent out instructions to all its field units informing them of their commanding officer, Major-General V.S. Budhwar’s new pet project: building a zoo for the sake of Leh‘s few thousand residents. Lieutenant-Colonel U.K. Singh sent out a second missive, marked 6361/9/ZOO/Q1 on June 8, 1998. “Please ensure,” the Colonel’s letter read, “that various types of wild animals/birds are procured and despatched to zoo at Leh at your earliest.” “Cages required for transportation of anim als/birds,” it continued, “will be made under arrangements of respective b(riga)de(s).” “No representation,” the Colonel concluded sternly, “will be entertained.”

The Kargil Story.

Source Link above .Frontline

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Indian Army Killed Sikhs Nazi Style, Blue Star Revisited

In India on June 12, 2013 at 23:37

A Trailer of a Documentary by Day and Night Channel released says, from eyewitness accounts that the an Indian Army Major shot about Thirty people in the Golden Temple Complex, during Operation Blue Star in 1984, to flush out Sikh Extremists  led by Bhindrawale.

The documentary , according to is producer, Mr. Kanwar Sandhu, is in nine parts.

More Videos at YouTube.

He states that he is trying to piece together  as to what exactly happened during operation Blue Star, including the atrocities perpetrated by Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his band of followers.

There have been allegations that excessive force was used during Operation Blue star and civilians were killed pointblank by the Indian Army.

This controversy never really died down and it surfaces during the death Anniversary of Bhindranwale.

Indira Gandhi, in her last effort to wrest power from the Akali Dal, to which the Congress had lost power for many years, since Pratap Singh Kairon,  groomed Bhindranwale,a n intemperate and extremist preacher, by projecting the plight of Punjab at the hands of the Punjab Government at the and later by India itself.

Bhindranwale became a Frankenstein Monster and the fight for secession from India by Punjab got out of control

Bhindranwale and his followers holed up in the Sikh’s Holy Temple, The Golden Temple in Amritsar and started attacking People and Indian Forces.

By an Operation named Operation Blue Star, Bhindrenwale was killed, militants flushed out.

Now to the current Documentary.

One of the key accusers is Ramuwalia, till sometime back in Congress , now in Akali dal, who says that 30 people were killed in Nazi Style execution.

It is interesting to note that Ramuwalia was a Central Minister under the NDA.

He kept quiet for 29 years!.

And the Akalis were a part of the Central Government twice, after the incident and they have been in power in Punjab as well!

One has to be suspicious of this as the ISI on the one hand is fueling terrorism in India, Naxalites are calling the shots in the eastern and Mideastern India.

Not that Indian Army is incapable of such acts, we have excesses in Kashmir, IPKF in Sri Lanka and there were excesses in Operation Blue Star as well, though by and large the Indian Army is well disciplined and keeps out of Politics.

Any designs?

News Source. TimesNow TV.

Related.

Operation Blue Star, The Untold Story:

Who were the eye-witnesses to the Golden Temple episode?
1. Devinder Singh Duggal – In charge of the Sikh Reference Library located
inside the Golden Temple complex. Duggal is an acknowledged authority on
Sikh history. He used to reside in a house adjacent to the Sikh Reference
Library, was present there between May 28 and June 6, 1984 and hence (in
his own words) “an eye-witness to some of the atrociities committed by the
Army during its attack on the Golden Temple”. About fiftyish, Duggal now
lives with his lecturer-wife in Jallandhar, where we interviewd him. His eyes
become moist and his voice quivered as he described the assault on the
Golden Temple.
2. Bhan Singh- Secretary of the S.G.P.C., short, slim, in his mid fifties,
Bhan Singh is a man of few words. He was present in the Golden
Temple Complex during the Army attack and was arrested at dawn on June 6 along with Longowal and Tohra from the Guru Nanak Nivas
which now houses the SGPC Office, where we met and talked to him.
His account begins from June 3, 1984.
3. Giani Puran Singh – one of the priests at Harmandir Sahib.
4. Girl Student – Grand-daughter of SGPC member, she preferred to
remain anonymous. Aged about 20 years, she goes to college at
Amritsar. She went to the Golden Temple on May 29, 1984, with her
grand-parents and an aunt, to fulfill a vow, and was there until June 6.
We met her in Amritsar in the house of a widowed victim of the
November 1984 Delhi violence.
5. A.I.S.S.F. Member – about 25-years old, he would not give his
name, son of a police officer, he was visiting the Golden Temple in
June 1984 for the Gurupurab and was there from June 1. He was
arrested by the Army on June 6 but released in October. He was
rearrested soon after and had been again released a little before we
met him. Remarkably calm and soft spoken, he said that there were
about 100 fighters with Bhindranwale inside the Temple Complex and
less than 100 arms, mostly, 303 guns of the II World War. Extremely
handsome, he is a member of the All India Sikh Students Federation.
6. Prithipal Singh – A young (24 years) Sevadar at the Akal Rest
House, inside the Guru Ram Das Serai, Golden Temple complex,
where mostly distinguished guests stayed. He was on duty throughout
the period of the Army Operation. He narrated how he had a hairbreadth escape, even after being lined up before the firing squad on
June 6, after he had been arrested, stripped naked and his hands had
been tied behind his back with his turban. He showed us the bulletridden walls of the Akal Rest House, where we spoke to him.

http://www.rajkaregakhalsa.net/literature/General%20Sikhism/Operation%20Bluestar%20-%20the%20Untold%20Story.pdf

Indian Intel Agency Reveal Data to ISI On Phone

In India on March 6, 2013 at 07:38

Intelligence Agencies capacity to maintain secrecy stands exposed as report cam in disclosing that an NSG Officer disclosed the security details to some one on Telephone on the asking of the SOC (scene of crime ) of Hyderabad  terrorist blast details.

Hyderabad , India Bomb blast

Hyderabad , India Bomb blast

The man who asked for this is an ISI Agent of Pakistan!

There was another report that the Collector also disclosed details on about the scene of crime on the telephone to another Telephone call.

It is a waste of money to invest in Technology on Intelligence gathering if the people who man it remain stupid or traitors or both.

Many may not believe it that the issue of security in sensitive deference and research establishments in India is a myth.

I had been working on Projects and had to meet with the top officials of the Defense and Airport Security establishments on various occasions.

Once I had been toLRDE and ADE(Electronics and Radar Development Establishment;Aeronautical Developement Establishment,  Bangalore).

The security in these establishments are very strict, on paper.

You were supposed to identify yourself at the Security at the gate,, then they check with the person whom you are supposed to meet up with and they issue a with a pass, which is be signed by the person whom you want to see.

This has to be surrendered at the security while on your return.

I had visited both these establishments many a times without any thing and walked away scot-free.

The curious fact is that I knew of none in the organisations!

The same thing happened in IAAI , Chennai Airport and at Naval Air Force Station near Mandapam, Tamil Nadu, th last one being classified as a very sensitive installation dedicated to monitoring of the Coastal areas in the South and a listening post of Intentional Communications!

In the present case  a mere telephone call had done the trick!

As a test case you try calling any of these sensitive departments, give yourself a fancy Military  Title and you get the information.

An incident was narrated by an ex defence officer in TimesNow channel while breaking the story as mentioned below.

When Lal Bahadur Shastri died in Tashkent, Kumaramangalam , the then Chief of Staff of the Indian Army called indian Army headquarters on an open line and said

‘I am Kumaramangalam’

The Duty officer replied’

‘If you are Kumaramangalam , then I am The Queen of England’ and cut the Phone!

That was security with out sophisticated devices.

The joke is the Government is ordering an enquiry.

What is there to inquire into?

Just get the chaps and place them in the slammer.

Worse is that the memo containing this lapse is in the possession of TimesNow News Channel!

A telephone call originating from Pakistan to an officer of the elite National Security Guards (NSG) seeking information about Hyderabad blasts has led security agencies to make a fresh push for blocking of Internet telephony.

The call to the Major-rank NSG officer, who is on deputation from Army, was termed as “not alarming” but the incident has raised questions about adherence of ‘Do’s and Dont’s’ being issued from time to time by central security agencies.

The NSG has instituted an inquiry to ascertain the cause of lapse in the incident wherein a suspected ISI agent called the EPBX of the NSG office here and asked for the Major, who reportedly talked about the movement of the ‘Black Cats’ to the site of the twin blasts thinking it was a senior officer at the other end as conveyed to him.

http://newindianexpress.com/nation/article1489453.ece

Rape By Indian Army Hides Behind AFSPA Amend

In crime, India on February 21, 2013 at 06:37

While the country seems to heave a sigh of relief on the promulgation of an ordinance  amending rape Law in India, people do not seem to be aware of the rape by The Indian Army, especially in the North East.

Hiding behind Army’s impunity and specially under AFSPA(Armed Forces Special Powers Act), the army never discloses authentic statistics and action take on these rape case, despite vociferous protests from the north East.

Nor does the media cover it in detail, in fact North East News does not coveage atall unless there is incursion by the Chinese or Bangladesh!

For them rape in Delhi is more important than that!

AFSPA is all right.

But what prevents the Army in being transparent on Rape issues, as though it will impinge on its and The nation’s Honor?

Such criminals are soldiers are not soldiers.

AFSPA must be amended to make this information and the action taken by the Army Public and The Supreme Court may take suo moto action.

“Booker Prize winner, noted writer and social activist Arundhati Roy said that rape is like an entertainment of sort for some people of the country and rape is also considered as an entertainment material in Indian cinema. While taking part in an interaction program at the North East Book Fair which started here on Sunday, Roy said, “Since my childhood, I have been watching Tamil movies in which rape scenes are common. People enjoy watching these scenes and the directors also know the pulse of the people. For many people, rape is an entertainment.”

Rapes in Manipur

Rapes in Manipur

Protest Against Rapes by Indian Army

Protest Against Rapes by Indian Army

Rape takes place for different reasons. The persons behind Delhi girl rape have pathological problems which sometimes trigger criminal behaviour. But motives behind maximum of rape cases in conflict areas like Jammu & Kashmir and Manipur are different. In these States, the Indian army and the police are using rape as a weapon of domination.”

“In North India, rape is used as means of domination by the upper caste and it is not even punished,” she said, adding, “Rape is seen as a matter of feudal entitlement in many parts of India.” Roy further said that security forces often rape women in Jammu & Kashmir and Manipur by talking the advantage of the draconian Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA). “Despite being well aware of the problem, the government is not doing anything to repeal AFSPA from the conflict ridden States. In the name of crushing Maoist movement, the government is planning to enforce AFSPA in Chattisgarh,” she said.

http://kanglaonline.com/2012/12/the-indian-army-and-the-police-use-rape-as-a-weapon-of-domination-arundhati-roy/

Over 20,000 people have been killed in the last five decades due to ongoing conflict in Manipur. Today more than 30 armed groups operate in Manipur – ranging from small outfits to organizations with several thousand members. Besides them, dozens of battalions of the Indian Army and several units of Indian paramilitary forces are stationed throughout Manipur. Manipur is one of the most conflict-ridden states in India. Women and children of Manipur suffer most in this conflict. Every year 300 widows are born in the state as a result of arm violence.

In Manipur, violence against women is increasing. There were 269 cases of violence against women during the period between January and October of 2012 as per record published by local newspapers. The above cases include 21 rape cases, two rape and murder cases, 16 suicide cases, 7 molestation cases, 4 kidnapping cases, 56 missing cases and 78 trafficking cases. There has been a steep rise in crime against women in Manipur despite the emergence of a large number of women’s vigil groups and civil bodies and higher recruitment in the police department. There are various forms of violence against women. Violence at home – it can be physical abuse, it can verbal abuse. Then, there is violence in public places such as buses, trains where women are sexually harassed. Then we have a third form of violence where there is conflict, where there is structured conflict going on since decades. Women in Manipur face all the three types of violence. Manipur has the second highest rate in domestic violence in the country.(kanglaonline)

“Yes, the forces are an extremely professional bunch but what can’t be denied is that the inner face of their discipline, respect and order comprises of facts which state that in 1991, about 100 women, including minors, the elderly, pregnant and disabled were allegedly raped by a 4th Rajputana Rifles Unit in Kunan poshpora, Kupwara. The centre has to give the J&K Government some powers through which a direct role can be played in the decisions which deal with the fate of not only the officer in question but also the victim who is a civilian.”(couchtripper.com)

“The Army on Friday ordered an internal probe into allegations that its soldiers had abducted and raped a woman in Kulgam district, even as Chief Minister Omar Abdullah promised strict action against the guilty.

The medical examination of the 32-year-old woman, who accused army personnel of abducting and raping her sparking protests in the area, has revealed no marks of torture or violence on her body, according to highly placed sources.

They said the swabs taken from the woman have been sent for forensic laboratory in Srinagar. “If any foreign bodies are found in the swabs, the same will be subjected to DNA testing for ascertaining the identity of the bearer.”

General Officer Commanding of the Army’s 15 Corps Lt General S A Hasnain said an internal probe has been launched into the case and strict action will be taken against the guilty but cautioned that the allegations may have been levelled to “defame the force” and disturb the peace.

“If there is any truth in the allegation, then it is a criminal act against which strict action must be taken.

Jeevan Reddy Commission to Review AFSPA.

It must be recognised, at the same time, that the
deployment of armed forces or para military forces of the Union
to restore public order in any part of the territory of India, or to
protect a State from internal disturbance is, and ought to be, an
exception and not the rule. The deployment of armed forces for
the said purposes should be undertaken with great care and
circumspection. Unless it is absolutely essential for the aforesaid
purposes, the armed forces of the Union should not be so
deployed, since too frequent a deployment, and that too for long
periods of time, carries with it the danger of such forces losing
their moorings and becoming, in effect, another police force, a
prey to all the temptations.

http://www.hindu.com/nic/afa/afa-part-iv.pdf

Airline Lunches Soldiers UK India

In India, UK on February 13, 2013 at 11:32

Indian Army

Indian Army

 

Airline Lunches I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat.

It was going to be a long flight from Gatwick.

‘I’m glad I have a good book to read Perhaps I will get a short sleep,’

I thought. Just before take-off, a line of British Army Youngsters came down the aisle and filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me.

I decided to start a conversation.

‘Where are you blokes headed?’ I asked the Young man seated nearest to me.

Cyprus . We’ll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we’re being deployed to Afghanistan .

After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that lunches were available for five pounds.

It would be several hours before we reached Cyprus , and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass the time..

As I reached for my wallet, I overheard a soldier ask his mate if he planned to buy lunch.

‘No, that seems like a lot of money for just an airline lunch. Probably wouldn’t be worth five Quid. I’ll wait till we get to Cyprus ….

His mate agreed. I looked around at the other soldiers.

None were buying lunch. I walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight attendant a fifty Pound note.

‘Take a lunch to all those soldiers..’ She grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly.

Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked me. ‘My young bloke was a soldier in Iraq , it’s almost like you are doing it for him.

Picking up ten lunchboxes, she headed up the aisle to where the boys were seated.

She stopped at my seat and asked, ‘Which do you like best – beef or chicken?

‘ ‘Chicken,’ I replied, wondering why she asked.

She turned and went to the front of plane, returning a minute later with a dinner plate from first class.

This is your thanks. After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the plane, heading for the rest room.

An old bloke stopped me.

‘I saw what you did. I want to be part of it. Here, take this.’ He handed me twenty-five Pounds.

Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Captain coming down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped he wasn’t looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my side of the plane.

When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his hand, and said, ‘I want to shake your hand.’

Quickly unfastening my seat-belt I stood and took the Captain’s hand.

With a booming voice he said, ‘I was an army pilot a long time back.

Once someone bought me lunch.

It was an act of kindness I never forgot.

‘ I was embarrassed when applause was heard from all of the passengers.

Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs.

A kid who looked about 18 was sitting about six rows in front of me reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine.

He left another twenty-five Pounds In my palm.

When we landed I gathered my belongings and started to depart.

Waiting just inside the aeroplane door was a man who stopped me, put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word.

Another twenty-five Pounds! Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their Trip up to their training area.

I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five Pounds.

It will take you some time to reach your training area. It will be about time for a sandwich. God Bless You Blokes.’

Ten young blokes left that flight feeling the love and respect of their fellow Brits.

As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe return.

These soldiers were giving their all for our country.

I could only give them a couple of meals.

It seemed so little…

A British Serviceman is someone who,
at one point in his life, wrote a blank
cheque made payable to
‘ United Kingdom ‘
for an amount of
‘up to and including my life.’
That is Honour, and there are way
too many foreigners in this country
who don’t understand it.’ 

This is India.

CHANDIGARH: Strange but true! Rs 2,550, that’s the amount which the Army feels, is sufficient to deny family pension to dependent parents of a soldier, who dies in a mishap.

According to the Army regulations issued on August 26, 1998, if the death of a soldier (including jawans and officers) is not attributable or aggravated by military service, his dependent parents would be entitled to ordinary family pension, provided their income from all sources is less than Rs 2,550 per month.(TOI  20 June 2011)

The Adarsh Housing Society is a cooperative society in the city of Mumbai in India. The origins of the scam go back to February 2002 when a request was made to the Chief Minister ofMaharashtra to allot land in the heart of Mumbai for the construction of a housing complex for “the welfare of serving and retired personnel of the Defence Services”. Over a period of ten years, top politicians, bureaucrats and military officers proceeded to bend several rules and perpetrate various acts of omission and commission in order to have the building constructed and then get themselves allotted flats in this premier property at artificially lowered prices. As the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India to the President of India in 2011 put it, “The episode of Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society reveals how a group of select officials, placed in key posts, could subvert rules and regulations in order to grab prime government land- a public property- for personal benefit.”[1] The Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI), the Income Tax Department and the Enforcement Directorate(ED) are in the process of investigating allegations that three former chief ministers, Sushilkumar ShindeVilasrao Deshmukh and Ashok Chavan of the state of Maharashtra were also involved in the scam.[2][3]

In an interview to The Hindu published on 26 March 2012, General VK Singh, the Chief of Army Staff ascribed many of the attempts to malign him during his tenure to, amongst others, those he described as “the Adarsh lobby”, those directly connected to the scam, as well as those who were affected by his efforts to rid the army of corruption.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adarsh_Housing_Society_scam

Thanks Prasad.

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