“To hold that it is right for a major to haul a 12-year-old out of his home, lock up his parents and proceed to beat up and kill the boy in cold blood goes against all principles of natural justice and democratic accountability.” CBI verdict in an abduction case against Army officials in Manipur
1. It is very clear from the open source information presented above that the operations had nothing to do with intelligence of national interest as the modus operandi used by the officers defies even the unwritten yet accepted norms of covert Counter-Intelligence operations. The operations seem to be carried out in a very open, brash and rudimentary fashion where no efforts were taken to conceal the identities of the personnel carrying out these operations. This is clear from the statements of the family members and on-lookers in cases related to the abduction of the Manipuri boy, Satish and ‘Gypsy”.
2. There seems to be an involvement of a varied range of Army personnel involved in these operations with respect to their experience in service. From the facts available in the public domain and the various legal documents, it is evident that officers and jawans with different years of service in Intelligence were involved in these operations; for instance, some of them had just 2-4 years of service while the others were more experienced with nearly 15-18 years of service. Also, the operations were carried out in the north-eastern states of the country.
1. Are these operations the result of a group of personnel who were working together at the same time under the same leadership for long?
2. Has the Intelligence branch started to indulge in corrupt practices such as abduction, extortion and cold-blooded murder in the name of covert operations?
3. Is the military intelligence leadership aware of this growing malaise in the intelligence fraternity? Or is there any role of the leadership in these operations?
4. In the absence of real counter intelligence, has accumulation of monetary assets become the real purpose of all intelligence operations?
2. The faith in the in-house Justice mechanism of Indian Army is shaking due to the subjective treatment of matters related to officers and units engaged in Intelligence operations. While at times, officers are straightaway subjected to custody and torture by civilian authorities; at other times, even CBI is denied inquiries stating concurrent jurisdiction methods.
3. The tendency of being supreme authority/beyond all rules vis-à-vis their civilian counterparts amongst the serving officers posted to insurgency-hit areas is growing alarmingly. The increased use of social media groups and exposure given by electronic media has further added to overrule the honourable options given within the organisation for Redressal of grievances.
4. Corruption seems to be seeping into the Military Intelligence as another way of proving your worth to the organisation. Personnel deployed on Intelligence duties seem to be chosen for special assignments based on their nuisance value rather than genuine professional capabilities.