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Monday, April 23, 2012

Rumour mongering on General Bikram Singh’s alleged fake encounter


Allegations are flying all over regarding a supposedly fake encounter in which General Bikram had reportedly been ambushed. It is also being alleged that he had feigned injury in a managed militant attack.

Take it from me that the incident was not fake.

I say this since I personally knew two officers present in the same incident. One was Late Colonel JP Janu, commanding a Territorial Army Battalion, and the other was Late Lieutenant Bikramjit Bajwa. While Col Janu lost his life, Lt Bajwa lost his limbs in the same incident.

Bajwa later joined the civil services and unfortunately died in a road accident. He was known to be one of the finest and most honest young civil servants in Punjab.

Lt Bajwa’s father is an ex-SSCO who had later joined the BSF from where he ultimately retired. He’s settled in Mohali, Punjab.

A news-report from 2001 related to Col Janu’s demise can be accessed by clicking here.

It is unfortunate that the Army has been reduced to a rubble of rumour in this entire episode.

Very sad!

14 comments:

ANUPAM said...

waakai....really sad state ......:-(

Anonymous said...

While the present army chief is taking on the corrupt establishment, there are a few who are gunning for the next man in line.He may or may not have been the beneficiary of the DOB controversy but as rightly pointed out, the mudslinging has to stop. Army chief is an institution and not an individual and hope every one realises this

Anonymous said...

Army chief designate Bikram Singh has fought many a battle, but the toughest challenge awaits him

Mid-November 2002. Brigadier Bikram Singh, commander of the 1 Sector Rashtriya Rifles, was overseeing counter insurgency operations from his small office in Anantnag, Kashmir. He was aggressively pushing his troops deeper into villages in south Kashmir to hunt down militants, mostly Afghans and Pakistanis, who had hideouts in the district.
Insurgency was at its decisive point in Kashmir. Though the Army and the police had managed to secure the district headquarters, the villages were entrenched with militants and ambushes were common. In an attack on March 1, 2001, Bikram was seriously wounded, and a colonel and a rifleman were killed on the spot. Two civilians and a foreign militant were also killed in the encounter. As soon as the wounds healed, Bikram was back in action. When this reporter called on him at his Anantnag office, the brigadier looked calm and was welcoming. The situation, he said, was a “very tough one”.
Ten years and many more tough battles later, Lt-General Bikram Singh is all set to become the Army chief. On May 31, when he takes over from General V.K. Singh, it will mark a generational shift, as he will be the first post-1971 war officer to lead the Army.

Anonymous said...

We must uphold the institution of the COAS in the highest esteem and must be dealt with accordingly please.Do not open the eyes of the bureaucracy by indulging in the unhealthy mudslinging but the energy should be used to achieve something in the intrest of the image building of the Army to achieve ACP,NFFU,OROP etc.
Thanks
Velayudhan

Anonymous said...

Are the bravery of Bajwa and January the bone of contention? Or is it something else!

Anonymous said...

A famous quote that do not indulge in altercations with stupids as they will drag u to their level and then defeat u with experience.
So lets stop arguing with........

LT.COL.HS DHAM( MAHARS ) said...

SIGH, ALAS AND OH; TIME AND AGAIN WE GO FOR SELF INFLICTED INJURIE3 TO THE REPUTATION OF INDIAN ARMED FORCES. WHEN ARE WE GOING TO LEARN THE TRICK OF THE TRADES OF THE BUREAUCRATS AND POLITICIANS./ FAUJIS REMAIN FAUJIS AND ARE NOT CAPABLE OF WASHING DIRTY LINENS DIPLOMATICALLY AND THEY ALWAYS HIT THEIR HEAD ON THE NAIL JAGO FAUJIO JAGO SPECIALLY THE TOP HEAVY. JAI HIND WITH TEARS AND FEARS.

Unknown said...

i think we should not make such decisive comments based on personal facts...we can leave this for the investigatives to decide..

Anonymous said...

It actually does not make much difference as to who the top man is going to be. Army as an institution has to work towards progress. Progress well planned for op role which include wpn eqpt and men behind all these with right plg. It is possible as an org and not by one indl. I think everyone should sp the man in the dvr seat and let us push the veh hard even if there is no fuel. Let us make it move first. Once it moves others will happily join it.

Anonymous said...

I was posted in the force HQ under which the Sector commanded by Gen(then Brig)Bikram fell.Gen is a very brave officer and an inspiring leader.All these allegations of fake encounter are handiwork of anti Armed Forces elements who do not have time for any thing better.These people must be taken to task for spreading false rumours.
Col P B Singh(Retd)

Anonymous said...

hello,

Phir wahi discussion and discussion on izzat ka sawal.

roti ki baat karo.

Koi hai jo bata sakta hai ki PCDA(O) kab tak one time increment (Feb to Jun increment) case ko implement karega.

OPINDER SINGH said...

Dear Navdeep, you are right, the rumour mongering must stop.As I understand there are only two institutions which in this great country which have kept themselves at a distance,overlooking minor aberrations, the Armed Forces and Bollywood, from using religion overlooking merit in their successes. How sad to see ex chief of Navy ,Election Commission and some other worthies getting sucked in this vortex of fundamentalism and trying to pull down a officer who has reached the pinnacle by his own merit.He has nothing to do with the controversy of DOB of present chief.Why spread lies to get at Gen Bikram.Fight the wrong doers,if they have guts, who they think have not given the present chief his due.

military services said...

The service that a military member offered in the society is not easy, with this article, the act of personnel leave only as fake and humor. Enactment of bravery hits only a misconception of thought of some.

Anonymous said...

Even though armed forces personnel are not treated fairly by civil officialdom, they always have the highest regard in the hearts of the common people. And this is the highest award.

As for rewards a shair "mohabbat zare baag mein usi ne hi baagbaani ki jisne mihnat ko hi apni mihnat ka innam samjha" fits on our army men nicely. They are beloveds of the Gods.