Here is an interesting read on how the Indian Army’s Intelligence wing was scrapped. It all began with the Pakistan sponsored terrorists attacking Mumbai in 2008. The sequence of events is as revealed by a Twitter user Sumona Chakraborty.
Bengaluru: It was the year 2008. Pakistan-sponsored terrorists carried out attacks in Mumbai. Terribly hurt at what had happened, India wanted to take revenge. So the then national security advisor MK Narayanan summoned all security and spy chiefs to understand if it was possible to retaliate in a befitting manner, by attack PoK. And as they answered in the negative, the then NSA asked them to raise a team in this regard.
Gen. RK Loomba, Director General Military Intelligence, approached General VK Singh in 2010 and he countenanced the proposal. Loomba entrusted the job to Colonel Hunny Bakshi to raise and train such a unit. It was raised soon.
Colonel Bakshi (Third from left) was one of the rare officers who joined Military Intelligence directly Indian Military Academy. He risked his life in J&K to save a Brigadier ambushed by terrorists. pic.twitter.com/sTBaa88ClW— Sumona Chakraborty (@SumonaChakrabo8) April 17, 2020
It had Colonel Bakshi, Colonel Vinay B, Sarvesh D among others who would form the Technical Supports Division (TSD).
TSD was highly successful in that it was able to create rift in Pak terror establishment. It carried out many covert operations including planting IEDs along LoC. It was giving sleepless nights to ISI. It had more or less established peace in Jammu and Kashmir.
How successful was TSD ( Technical Supports Division)?— Sumona Chakraborty (@SumonaChakrabo8) April 17, 2020
It was able to create rift in Pak terror establishment. It carried out many covert operations including planting IED’s across https://t.co/MGpyAIoYTZ was giving sleepless nights to ISI
But as peace returned, there were allegations put forth by General VK Singh that he had been approached and offered a bribe of Rs 14 crore for the procurement of the trucks. He even complained to the then defence minister Antony, but Antony blamed him saying he did not pursue the matter.
Now, retired defence intelligence agency chief Tejinder Singh, who allegedly offered the bribe to VK Singh tried to blackmail him and bribed a clerk named Shyam Das to get classified information from TSD. At this point in time, we have to talk about the role of paid media which began to hound VK Singh over his age.
This was start of blackmailing. Army was being accused of Tapping https://t.co/S1cFoxwp3U this article in full. It is using Age dispute row between Gen VK Singh and MoD to prove itself.— Sumona Chakraborty (@SumonaChakrabo8) April 17, 2020
Without giving out any name of officials, such allegations were made.https://t.co/EtLkxFvMga
The media also concentrated on levelling charges of snooping and bribes relating to Tatra trucks. In the meantime, Tejinder Singh barged into the premises of TSD, with alleged connivance of the defence ministry itself!
While age row, tetra truck and now phone tapping charges were in the media, ankther breach of security happened.— Sumona Chakraborty (@SumonaChakrabo8) April 17, 2020
Tejinder singh along with a reporter (From Coupiya newspaper) tried to barge into the premises of TSD. Who gave them its location?
Shekar Gupta even went to the extent of saying the Indian Army was trying to overthrow the democratic government.
This news made the politicos in the country very perturbed. Moreover, they were not happy with the way the TSD used to function, which was more secretive than RAW itself.
The TSD could tap phones at the borders. Maybe, this fear by the politicians that they could be exposed easily.
So a series of allegations followed.
A list of allegations against TSD followed.
1. It was alleged that TSD has used money in J&K money to Topple down J&K government led by Omar Abdullah.
It was alleged that TSD is destabilising the Omar Abdullah government.
2. It was alleged that the PIL against next Army chief was filed by TSD. The PIL alleged that 2001 encounter for which Bikram singh was awarded gallantry medal was fake. The court dismissed it & cleared the way for Bikram singh to become Army Chief.
Who was trying to divide army?
3. The tetra truck Bribing scandal also came out. Till now it was between Def Min and VK singh. TSD also came under questioning after Tejinder Singh tried to trespass into its premises with an Indian Express reporter.
It’s said a witch-hunt started against TDS officers including punishment postings.
Then the witch hunt started. All the recordings collected by TSD has been burnt. The instruments destroyed. All the officers harassed and sent to punishment postings.— Sumona Chakraborty (@SumonaChakrabo8) April 17, 2020
It didn’t stop there. An enquiry was held in which it was found that 8 operations were held by TSD in neighbouring countries. It was conducted Lt General Vinod Bhatia. But it is strange as to how a section of his findings were reported to the media.
4. How did the report prepared by Lt. Gen vinod Bhatia was selectively leaked to media.— Sumona Chakraborty (@SumonaChakrabo8) April 17, 2020
Especially the news about 8 covert operations abroad.
This gave enough ammunition to Pakistan in claiming victimhood against India.https://t.co/ZywYSMoMh8
What such selective leaking did was it gave Pakistan an opportunity to claim victimhood.
Here is Pakistan grabbing opportunity with both hands. What a shame!!https://t.co/ldSCb7grLn— Sumona Chakraborty (@SumonaChakrabo8) April 17, 2020
Eventually, the Army’s Intelligence unit was scrapped.
Read this article word by word. You will understand the blunder it was.https://t.co/A2hLNot9aa— Sumona Chakraborty (@SumonaChakrabo8) April 17, 2020
Last Updated Apr 19, 2020, 5:12 PM IST