After weeks of diplomatic negotiations, India and China have agreed to withdraw their troops and construction equipments from the Doklam plateau which is a disputed territory between China and Bhutan. One thing that went unnoticed by the public and the media was that no journalist was allowed in the area , anyone who loitered even in the Indian Side of the border was tailed by the Sikkim State Intelligence Bureau and was put on the radar of the Intelligence Bureau. The Border Road Organisation was quick to release an order to all its workers working in the disputed area and on the Indian side to switch to normal feature without cameras or those possessing android phones should switch off their mobiles phones while on duty , another circular that was issued instructed all men to have their lips sealed while they had their tea breaks which was usually outside the army camps at small tea stalls.These measures were taken in order to maintain the secrecy of the standoff and in order to ensure that no operational details should leak into the public or to prying eyes , here the Chinese Intelligence.
So we decided to tell you some incidents of the past when Chinese Moles meticulously laid down their network to gather information of the movement of troops and the personal details of our top military generals
DIFFERENT METHODS OF INTELLIGENCE COLLECTION
Intelligence is one of the most crucial factors of a war , it is a table turning factor in any battle. If you know your enemy’s build up , strengths and weaknesses , Winning will not be a tough task for the country. Intelligence collection is done by various methods which includes the traditional method of planting human moles in the enemy territory which is known as Human Intelligence (HUMINT) , tapping communication lines and intercepting enemy communication known as Communications Intelligence (COMINT) , sending secret cyphered messages to the human moles inside enemy territory which is known as Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) last but not the least , aerial surveillance and reconnaissance by clicking high resolution pictures of enemy installations is knowns as Electronic Intelligence (ELINT)
DRAGON’S MOLES IN ’62 WAR
THE PORTER INCIDENT
There were many reports of Chinese Moles operating inside India during the Indo-Sino war in 1962 , one such incident was narrated by Major General KK Tewari where he recollects the memories of the battle of Tawang , he says that once a Brigade Signal officer after a strenuous journey halted and found that the Generators which were used to charge the batteries of the signalling and communications sets were missing , on further questioning and enquiry by him he found that the civilian porters had “Accidentally” dropped those generators inside a ridge which were irretrievable. One more incident which gave a major blow to the communication capabilities was that the batteries which had arrived didn’t have acid in them making them obsolete , again after the enquiry it was learned that the porters has spilled the acid on their way. After a few rounds of investigation it was found that the porters were on the payroll of the Chinese.
THE PIRATE RADIO
Lt. Gen. Niranjan Prasad, GOC 4 Infantry Division narrates that during the war , one of the officers from the signals informed him about a pirate radio inside the territory, but they were unable to track it. When Gen. Prasad took this matter up to his seniors the matter was dismissed stating that there were no pirate radios operating on our side. After a few weeks the pirate radio was again detected and this time the gave out its location , which was a Tibetan Labour camp Chacko , indeed it was confirmed that the chinese had sneaked in a transmitter. The aerial antenna was concealed as a tall Buddhist prayer-flagstaff which was common in the Himalayas.
(Chinese communication antennas were disguised as Buddhist flag poles)
TEA STALL WITH MOLES
Some veterans also recollect their memories of taking a break at a tea stall or a dhaba which was on the way to Bomdila. The dhaba was owned by 2 beautiful girls. Officers and jawans usually stopped by the dhaba to have tea and chat with the two girls who zealously asked them about their plans and the movement of the troops. Later it was found that the girls were from the other side.
Lieutenant General Kaul had to be evacuated from Namkha Chu , as he had fallen sick due to the altitude on October 9 , 1962. He was carried by pick a back by local porters.
t was later discovered that one of them was a Chinese interpreter in a PoW camp in Tibet. The secrets were out!