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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.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 6, 2009 at 1:33 pm

World focus on Burma (3 April 2009)

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‘Resistance Day’ demonstration, 27/3/2009, UK: A few thoughts for …

Ashin Mettacara – 

Usually, the Chinese government acts very much like the Burmese junta in not allowing foreign NGO assistance and not allowing international media coverage …

How Than Shwe robed People’s Power in brief

Shan Herald Agency for News – 

… the Burmese military armed force led by General Saw Maung took power in his hands and promised to held democratic election to form civil government to …

US contributes 16000 tons of rice for Cyclone victims – 

The shipment of rice arrived in military ruled Burma in February, added the report. “Over the last two days, Chris Kaye from our office [WFP Myanmar] and a …

Will Burmese ever experience justice? – 

Or what about the events of May 30, 2003, when Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and members of her National League for Democracy were viciously attacked outside the …

Leaving behind a life in limbo [Photos]

International Rescue Committee (press release)

The ongoing social, economic and political situation in Burma has forced thousands of families out of their homes and across the border to Thailand in …

RICS Set to Raise Global Valuation Standards

PR Newswire (press release) – ‎‎

It also has members working across the region such as Bangladesh , Bhutan , Burma / Myanmar , Cambodia , Indonesia , Japan , Kiribati , Laos PDR, …

Bangladesh Eyes Farmlands in Arakan

Narinjara News

… State during the upcoming third meeting of the Bangladesh-MyanmarBurma’s new capital Naypyidaw, … Joint Trade Commission scheduled on 7- 8 April in

Sai Din Hydropower Project Resumes

Narinjara News – ‎‎

The Burmese military junta announced publicly in January 2009 that the government would establish two large projects – the Sai Din hydropower plant and a …

Gas and Competition in the Sea of Arakan

Narinjara News – ‎‎

By Tun Kyaw: Sittwe: China and Burma have signed an agreement for the construction of a fuel pipeline from Burma’s Arakan Coast to China’s southwestern …

ENERGY: Oil Producers Look for Ways out of Crisis

IPS – 

But Total has been criticised by some non-governmental organisations for having operations in countries accused of human rights violations, such as Burma …

Tibetans, Burmese, Chinese protest Hu Jintao in London

Phayul – 

He also called for democracy in China and justice for Tiananmen victims. Prince Charles has reportedly raised Tibet with Hu Jintao when loud protest …

Indonesia’s time to shine

Windsor Star – 

Burma is now even more disgusting than usual as both India and China wiggle their hips at the bone-headed generals in charge while mewling for the keys to …

Learning History and Culture Through Martial Arts

Foreign Policy Journal – 

An experienced travel writer, Graceffo has also entered Burma to document human rights abuses in the ongoing genocide, and stepped into the frontlines with …

Company Charity More Present in Countries Lacking Human Rights …

Softpedia – 

By Tudor Vieru, Science Editor According to new statistics from the UK, British companies that operate in countries that lack basic civil and human rights …

How Comic Books became part of the literary establishment – 

Meanwhile, the peerless Canadian cartoonist and animator Guy Delisle has published three collections, from China, North Korea and, most recently, Burma, …

Motorola Sells Israel Bomb Division as National Boycott Campaign …

Monthly Review – 

Consumer pressure forced Motorola to sever its relations with the South African apartheid regime and the military junta in Burma, and we won’t stop until …

Georgia’s2008 import-export trade, country by country

WorldCity – 

Burma (Myanmar)’s total trade with Georgia in 2008 was $89147, a -62.06% change over 2007. Total Georgia exports were 89147 while imports were valued at …

Myanmar refugees in Japan rally against regime

Daily Times – 

… stop supporting the Burma Army Regime.” Myanmar’s ruling generals say they plan to hold elections next year under a new constitution approved last year, …


Tibetan Culture & News Online – 

A candle-light vigil concluded the hunger strike, where more Chinese from Falun Gong group and Burmese nationals joined in solidarity to condemn Hu Jintao …

Emerging nations will emerge stronger after G-20

Nation Multimedia – 

All the questions related to the Abhisit government’s handling of the economy, human rights, the Rohingyas and Burma. They were tough questions but Abhisit …

Postcard from Rangoon


By Hannah Beech Thursday, Apr. 02, 2009 Despite losing Burma’s last elections in 1990, the junta has kept a firm grip on power. Sometimes the tea was bitter …

Standing Ground: Kay Danes tours US, Elucidates Laos, Hmong Gulag …

PressZoom (press release)

… of the LPDR regime as an oppressive communist military junta closely allied with brutal dictatorships in Burma, North Korea and elsewhere, which it is. …

Asean responsibility towards refugees

The New Nation

The Rohingya, who live in the northern part of Arakan state in Myanmar, adjacent to Bangladesh, are a Muslim minority. They are amongst those persecuted by …

The other side of the scenery

International Viewpoint – 

Thai soldiers were accused of having thrown these Muslim migrants who had fled persecution in Burma into the sea without food or water, and sometimes with …

My top 10: books anyone interested in US military history should read

Foreign Policy – 

And he covers every theater in depth – whether you care or not (I’m talking to you China-Burma). Similarly titled to the ‘A War to Be Won’ that you are …

The Bali Process & R2P: Who is to Protect the Rohingyas?

Asian Tribune – 

Burma is not a member of the Bali Process. IOM and the UNHCR are part of the secretariat and help facilitate the group’s meetings. …

Guatemala to receive 15 million Euros for Agriculture from …


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