September 1999 News

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Subrahmanyam committee visits Kargil, Drass area again

20 September 1999
Daily Excelsior

NEW DELHI: The Subrahmanyam committee, set up to look into the events leading to Pakistani intrusions in Kargil have quizzed senior Army officials and operative of Intelligence Bureau (IB) during its second round of fact-finding mission in Kargil and Drass.

During their visit, the team comprising Chairman K Subrahmanyam, Lt Gen (retd) K K Hazari, B G Verghese and Satish Chandra interacted with IB operative in Kargil for nearly one hour on September 15, official sources said here today.

The committee had not questioned him last time when they visited the areas on August 20.

The committee questioned Brig Nandra Jog, Commanding Officer of 121 Infantry Brigade looking after Kargil division. Deputy General-Officer-in-Command of eight mountain division Roy Chowdhary was also present during the meeting.

Later, they went to Drass and questioned Army officials there. However, there was no local civilian participation during the inquiry as majority of them had migrated to safer places during Operation Vijay.

The committee had visited these areas in August and had heard varying versions about first reports regarding the intrusions. While locals claimed the initial reports came from three shepherds in March, armed forces personnel maintained it was their patrol party which spotted the incursions, they said.

Brigadier Surinder Singh, former Commanding Officer of 121 Infantry Brigade, had also met the committee members during their previous visit.

Government had set up the committee on July 24 for a comprehensive review of events that led to Pakistani aggression in Kargil and it is expected to submit its report within three months. (PTI)


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