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.