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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

Witnesses examined in Burmese trial

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Witnesses examined in Myanmarese trial

TNN 12 November 2009, 04:59am IST KOLKATA:

Examination of defence witnesses in the trial of 34 Myanmarese nationals arrested by military intelligence in February, 1998 on charges of spying began in the City Sessions Court on Wednesday. The Myanmarese have been languishing behind bars even though civil rights activists and organisations both in India and Myanmar have claimed that they are freedom fighters opposing the military junta in their country.

After some debate on whether the media should be allowed to be present during the hearing, noted human rights activist and lawyer Nandita Haksar was the first to depose on behalf of the foreigners. The judge shot down contentions by the public prosecutor that the media be asked to leave and Haksar not be allowed to depose as she is a lawyer for the Myanmarese. Haksar placed on record several letters from Myanmar, including one from Aung San Suu Kyi, praying for the release of the 34. She also pointed out how the West Bengal government and the Solidarity Committee for Burma’s Freedom Fighters organised a football match to express solidarity for the accused.

Haksar placed on record an article written by a former senior RAW official, in which he had said the Myanmarese had done nothing wrong under Indian law. Among the others expected to depose on their behalf in the next few days are Dr Khin Maung, president, National United Party of Arakan and Dr Sein Win, prime minister, National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, in exile.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 12, 2009 at 12:48 am