Grewal made a million kyats through "great betrayal"
By Arakan Friend
10th March 04
Colonel Biswajit Singh Grewal of Indian military intelligence has received one million kyats from the Burmese military junta for pulling off "Operation Leech", during which six NUPA leaders were shot dead in cold blood by Indian troops after they were invited to come to the Andamans.
Sources in Indian intelligence say the Burmese have also
helped Grewal set up a cycle spares factory in
"He took us and the Arakanese
for a ride. He was employed by us but worked for the Burmese junta and this is
what we are discovering six years after Operation Leech," said a major of
Indian military intelligence who worked with Grewal
and joined him on trips to
The major, who wished not to be identified, said: " Grewal would keep us away whenever he had discussion on crucial subjects with the Burmese junta. He was clearly doing some secret deals with them but because of the language gap, we could not pick up what he was up to. That became clear later."
Grewal's parents were Sikhs
Neither has the army deposed before the court in Andamans.
The Indian army loves television cameras on their heroes if they achieve success in a major operation. But though their press office claimed "major success" against "gunrunners" during Operation Leech, the Indian army has only shied away from media focus whenever confronted with questions on Leech.
" They have a lot to hide. It is now clear they did not kill gunrunners but betrayed a friendly group of insurgents," said former RAW deputy chief Bibhuti Bhusan Nandy.
Nandy belongs to an era of Indian
intelligence when it helped pro-democracy forces and revolutionary groups in
" If the culprits of Leech go
But the Burmese junta has managed to win over the Indian
army to the extent that a former chief of
" We are soldiers, they are
soldiers and our blood is thicker than the blood of the bureaucrats," said
Kalkat addressing the "Bengal Initiative",
a respected think tank in
And if Indian military officials are amply rewarded with kyats (or dollars), jade and rubies, Burma teak and whatever the Pagoda nation has to offer, there will be more Grewals in the Indian army, willing to help the junta. #
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