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‘Leech’ exposes Army’s dirty little secret

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‘Leech’ exposes Army’s dirty little secret

Josy Joseph

Friday, March 9, 2007 22:47 IST

NEW DELHI: ‘Operation Leech’ has remained one of those mysteries from the murky world of intelligence, where ruthless killings and double agents aren’t unheard of.

On February 12, 1998, the Indian Army claimed in New Delhi that it has busted a massive gun-running racket by the Burmese army, and further claimed to have recovered arms worth over a million dollars.

They claimed it was the largest seizure of arms after the Purulia arms drop of December 1995. In the operations, at least six Burmese were killed and some 73 were arrested. It wasn’t to be the truth.

As Burmese freedom fighters later began making rounds of New Delhi’s power corridors and media houses, various independent investigations showed that the arrested Burmese may not have been gunrunners at all.

They were from the Army of Arakans, living in the southwest of Burma, fighting for freedom from the military junta.

Sources say that the Arakan Army was being aided by India, and the principal contact with them was Colonel VS ‘Gary’ Grewal.

However, sources in intelligence also confirmed that Grewal may have double-crossed India and worked at the behest of Burmese military junta to carry out ‘Operation Leech’.

Grewal was the leader of the military group, including naval and coast guard ships and helicopters, that carried out the operation.

According to intelligence inputs, Grewal is presently trading in Burmese precious stones in the neighbouring country and also thoroughly enjoying the Burmese military junta’s hospitality.

Once the truth emerged, then defence minister George Fernandes ordered a CBI inquiry into the entire operation. The CBI request for access to Grewal was repeatedly turned down by then Army chief General VP Malik, and later Grewal built up a case and left on premature retirement from the Army.

After the operation, 34 of the arrested rebels were kept in Campbell Bay, later shifted to Port Blair and are now in the Presidency Jail in Kolkata.

A team of human right activists led by Advocate Nandita Haksar took up the case of the Burmese and Advocate T Vasantha agreed to provide assistance to the team. She was murdered in 2004, and CISF commandant KC Suresh Kumar has been arrested in the murder case.

Kumar was then with the Intelligence Bureau in Port Blair, and was arrested on March 7 for the murder of Vasantha.

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_leech-exposes-army-s-dirty-little-secret_1083978

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 6, 2009 at 1:33 pm

ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ ခြၽင္းခ်က္မရွိ လြတ္ေျမာက္ေရး Chrysler film ေတာင္းဆို

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04 December 2009

Chrysler Brand Joins Effort to Free 1991 Nobel Peace Laureate in New TV Film

In an innovative new TV film breaking today, the Chrysler brand has joined with Lancia Automobiles and the international community in the movement to call for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmas pro-democracy leader and 1991 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, who has been in and out of house arrest since 1989.

The 30-second film was initially created as part of the Lancia brands sponsorship of the 10th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Berlin Nov. 10-11, 2009, for which the theme was “Knocking down new walls and building bridges for a world without violence. The timing of the summit also coincided with the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The film first aired in Europe on Nov. 12.

The Nobel Peace organization has led the international effort to raise the awareness of Aung San Suu Kyis plight and energize the movement for her release. Through the film, featuring the Chrysler 300, the Chrysler brand is demonstrating its commitment to supporting social issues and defending human rights around the world.

We produced the TV film in honor of all those who put their lives at stake in the hopes of making the world a better place, said Oliver Francois, President and CEO Chrysler Brand, Chrysler Group LLC, who is also the Managing Director of Lancia Automobiles. In particular, those men and women who are still prisoners, like Aung San Suu Kyi. For Chrysler, this is a chance to use our brand image to join with others in the fight for peace and to knock down the walls that divide us. We at Chrysler believe in doing the right thing and making a difference.

The film opens at the Brandenburg Gate, a symbol of the reunification of the two sides of Berlin, and continues with images of the Berlin Wall, those sections that still exist, as a Chrysler 300 drives by on its way to the front of the citys Town Hall, host of the summit.

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December 6, 2009 at 1:16 pm

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World focus on Burma (6.12.2009)

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Sino-Indian Relations Redefined

Korea Times – Seema Sengupta – ‎

Part of this territory was administered by the Bhutanese Kingdom and erstwhile Myanmar (Burma) till the complete annexation of India by the British in 1858. …

Rockford women help struggling refugees

WZZM – Angela Cunningham

The couple had recently fled Burma officially known as Myanmar, where Joseph was a Christian preacher being persecuted for his beliefs. “In Burma…

as you

Burmese refugees find home and hockey in BC

Canada.com – Sam Cooper – ‎

Now an adult, Zipporah Min, of an ethnic group called Karen, recalls that the leaders of the ruling military junta of Burma — also known as Myanmar — had …

Car maker calls for release of Aung San Suu Kyi

Independent –

Suu Kyi is the democratically elected leader of Burma but has been held under house arrest by the Burmese military junta for almost 14 of the past 20 years. …

Suzy Amis Cameron Announces ‘Red Carpet Green Dress,’ a Global Green Design …

Melodika.net – ‎

… MUSE Elementary students and students at partner schools Mana Tamariki in New Zealand and Good Morning School on the Thai/Burma (Myanmar) border. …

Is Sri Lanka crazy enough to elect a retired General as President?

Nation on Sunday – Stephen Long

How many years has the eloquent, dissident voice of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi been silenced? Also examine closely the biography of Gen. …

Chrysler Defends Lancia Ad; Says Ad Age Report Is Wrong

BNET – Jim Edwards – ‎

… for the release of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi…

did not cost US taxpayers anything and that Ad Age was wrong for reporting otherwise.

Naomi Campbell gets Sarah Brown’s vote in Harper’s list of heroines

guardian.co.uk – ‎

Shami Chakrabarti, the director of Liberty, chose Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, while American novelist Jonathan Safran Foer selected Stella …

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December 6, 2009 at 10:03 am

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