Three officers of Indian spy agency RAW defect to the West

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    News Delhi: In a major setback for the country, three officers of India's external htmlagency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) have 'willingly' disappeared. All these defections took place in last three months.

    According to a report in the Sunday Guardian, all three of them are now likely to be in a large Western country, which has a history of accepting and facilitating such disappearances of Indian intelligence officers.

    The Cabinet Secretariat, the controlling body of the RAW, remains tight-lipped on the issue. Several emails seeking its response on the issue did not get any acceptance or denial from the body.










    All three officers, one of whom was posted at a senior level, had already shifted their families that western country before disappearing. The news report says that two of these officers were looking after South Asian countries whereas, the third officer was handling a large East Asian country.

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    It is feared that all these officers had been working for this western country for a long time and may had passed on several vital informations to them.


    First Published: Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 13:16


    http://zeenews.india.com/news/india...py-agency-raw-defect-to-the-west_1876978.html
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    They have defected to western country for gathering sensitive information's about India. Do not worry.
     
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    Man I salute your patriotism :rofl:
     
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    02 AUGUST 2004NATIONALEXCLUSIVE

    The Vanished Spies
    India's premier intelligence agency RAW finally admits to being compromised, out spills a few turncoats
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    Rabinder Singh episode opening up a can of worms, RAW has been forced into damage control mode. Last fortnight, the PM ordered the file detailing the missing ex-RAW sleuths to be put up before him. Incidentally, that's when intelligence officials sought to make a differentiation between those who had settled down in the US or UK after retirement—and coincidentally there are scores of them—and those who disappeared without a trace with important confidential documents and information. The list of nine belongs to the latter category.

    Prominent among the names is Sikandar Lal Malik, personal assistant of RAW founder and superspy, Ramnath Kao. Malik, say RAW sources, was privy to the top-secret decisions taken by Kao during the tumultuous early '70s, including the plan to "liberate" Bangladesh. On a US posting, Malik disappeared one fine morning and is presumed to be living somewhere in that country now. His defection was a closely guarded secret for many years and is only now being acknowledged as a 'blow' to the agency's reputation.

    According to sources, it took the agency several years to assess the damage caused: Malik had crucial information because most of Kao's highly secret correspondence was handled by him. For foreign agencies, which otherwise had little access to Kao, the 'winning over' of Malik was a coup. This, because with Malik went a treasure trove of classified information, which may not have been known to anyone other than Kao himself and his boss, the then prime minister, Indira Gandhi.

    Other operatives on the missing list:

    • M.S. Sehgal, a senior field officer close to former RAW chief Girish Saxena. Disappeared while posted as attache in London in 1980.
    • N.Y. Bhaskar, a former attache in Tokyo, managed a green card; was supposed to be liaisoning with the cia. Later, disappeared without a trace in the US.
    • B.R. Bachhar, senior field officer, disappeared in London. As attache in Kathmandu, he was liaisoning with foreign intelligence agencies in the early '80s.
    • Major R.S. Soni, an undersecretary in RAW on the Pakistan desk at HQ, is believed to have escaped to Canada in the early '80s. Three months after escape, salary was still being deposited in his account.
    • Shamsher Singh Maharajkumar, an ex-IPS officer posted in Islamabad, Bangkok and Canada. Reportedly settled in Canada after retirement. He's related to the royal family of Nabha in Punjab.
    • Ashok Sathe, a former attache at Ulan Bator in Mongolia and the lone Indian counsellor in Khurramshahr, Iran. Even as his bosses were debating whether he had or had not defected to the cia, he vanished. He's also suspected of arson—the RAW office in Khurramshahr burned down, destroying all crucial papers.Said to be living in California now.
    • R. Wadhwa, personal assistant to Balkrishnan, former RAW No. 2, disappeared in London in the early '90s.

    Even through all this, it took the latest Rabinder Singh episode to shake the RAW out of its reverie. Some form of a backlash has already started with all telephone numbers inside RAW headquarters changed without notice (for the first time in many years) and certain officials coming under the microscope.

    Senior intelligence officials, however, still play down the numbers. Says K.N. Daruwala, a former senior intelligence officer: "The RAW has been in place since 1968, and 7-8 defections in this long period is not too bad. And I doubt very much if the quality of information they passed on would have been too useful to user countries." All the same, there is a view in security circles that the time has come for stocktaking to 'weed' out potential turncoats.

    But it's easier said than done. Security analysts say in the absence of parliamentary scrutiny, there's virtually no accountability in the RAW which has seen better days in the '70s and early '80s. But now with the upa regime clamouring for a probe, suddenly there is need for action. The PM is being briefed on the changes by national security advisor J.N. Dixit, who's keen to 'revamp' RAW and other intelligence agencies.

    Top pmo sources say Dixit is concerned with the practice of RAW officials misusing the blanket authorisation to make contacts with foreign agencies. "Increasingly, there's been mindless and indiscriminate liaisoning conducted under various covers (lately under the cover of fighting terror) and without any monitoring. As per rules, any official making 'contact' with a foreign agent has to immediately put it down on paper for his seniors," says a RAW officer. Over the years, this clause has often been ignored, with deadly consequences.

    As a case in point, they point to Rabinder Singh's government-funded visit to the US in 2002. He had no reason to travel there since the course was an exercise in countering hijackers. Not once was Singh asked what he, as an official on the Southeast Asian desk, was doing at an anti-hijacking and hostage-taking programme "because there is little history of such activities in the region assigned to him", says an official. And this has been a growing trend in RAW, jostling for postings in North America and West Europe despite the regions not directly impacting India's security concerns.

    In a confidential note to the government, Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Shukla brought out this anamoly. "There are numerous officers posted in the US, Netherlands, Germany, Japan and other western European countries, whereas in security-sensitive countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and uae, even the sanctioned strength is not being met." Shukla says it is easy to understand why our RAW officials have overstaffed embassies in West Europe and North America. "All the good ambience, good life, good education for children—at taxpayers' expense. This process must be reversed," he says. Question is, how?

    pmo officials say an operation RAW clean-up has been launched. Dixit has already had two rounds of meeting with current RAW chief C.D. Sahay and other top officials there. In a sense, all this could not have come at a more opportune time. It has raised issues already being discussed quietly in the reclusive intelligence community. Now that it's out of the closet, just how far is this upa government willing to go? Can it enforce a new, rigorous agenda in an organisation where everyone seems to be his own boss? And will it spur more names on to this list of nine?
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    AUTHORS: RANJIT BHUSHAN
    TAGS: INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES, SPIES
    SECTION: NATIONAL
    OUTLOOK: 02 AUGUST, 2004

    http://www.outlookindia.com/magazine/story/the-vanished-spies/224695
     
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    hahah high voltage drama on peak:biggrin2::biggrin2::biggrin2:
     
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    ohhh Thanks. You could not do that on PDF but doing that on IDF. Thanks for your salute . I accept that.
     
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    I always appreciate your blind and stupid patriotism. In fact you people are so patriotic that most of the times in directly you call your Armed Forces as traitors. :hippo:
     
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    I will rather call it weeding out. For 10 years they had papu's pasta and exclaimed mama mia. Now it's time for servents to perish and saviours to fill in. More such things will happen.

    We already know the status R&AW was reduced to during last government. And very well understand how and why it was done. Heck even RM had to mention openly. Just hope he controls his excitement on matters of intelligence.
     
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    In India, media channels can run such reports on national security apparatus without repercussions.

    Hilarious to see Pakis not getting that concept.

    Here is what happens in Pak:

     
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    That is shocking !

    what if Kulbhushan is also a defector or if not,he might be compromised by these defectors.
     
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    I guess there are 190 million more RAW agents in pak.
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    Calm down Hippo.

    The reports say RAW has around 10 ~ defections since its inception.

    But what about Pak ?


    Your pathetic Jihadi Neval men defected to Taliban which helped them blowing PNS Mehran.

    Add hundreds of army officers who lives in Canada and USA.Ever wonder what qualification these low IQ officers with piss poor education have that US let them settle.
     
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    Depending upon who their handlers are quite possible. Or Kulbhushan could be another pakistani hindu picked up for just the role.Nothing can be said for sure except one that days of ISI having free run is over. Now they will spend more time patching their salwars than thinking about us.
     
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    Kulbushan is an Indian not a Paki Hindu.
     
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    Yes hundreds of officer live in Canada and USA after they retire from Army not run away during duty
     
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    Last year (or maybe before that) even a special forces guy had disappeared while he was on a camping trip during vacation. Even he could be a defector.

    Anyway, all intel agencies try to infiltrate all other agencies, a leader doesn't inherit an intel agency like he inherits an army. The leader ascends to power with his own sympathizers ascending to strategic positions in global institutions in all locations of interest, even before he is elected. Let these old spies defect. We'll be fine.

    Modi has probably kept the old RAW cabal active just to send them on a wild goose chase to keep feeding the foreign intel agencies and moles with false information while his real team might be working in Doval's office. Given that this report was planted in both pro-BJP news papers first (Zee, Sunday Guardian), it seems the government is up to something. It's a game of intelligence after all. The agency can only be as intelligent as the leader at the helm.
     
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    So? What's the big deal?
    And how many CIA and ISI operatives have come to our side? Kept count of that, Pakistani?

    USA and Pakistan are countries where anything is possible for money.
    If you have money, you can mount an unprecedented terrorist attack on USA, being in USA itself, as 9/11 showed us.
    Don't even get me started on Pakistan. If someone thinks that all the blasts in Pakistan are handiwork of the Taliban and none else, they are sadly mistaken. Pakistan is one of the few countries where you can dial-a-suicide-bomber.
     
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    The reputation of Doval is also in question here.

    Obviously pakis are considering it a psychological win over RAW and Doval whom they fear just few months back.
     
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