OPERATION EAGLE – A DEMAND FOR JUSTICE FROM DR. MANMOHAN SINGH, PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA


Dr Manmohan Singh,  Prime Minister of India.
Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India

 

My elder brother Pratap is seen with me in a photo taken in Mylapore, Madras(Chennai) and he is the author of this letter demanding action from Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.
OPERATION EAGLE 1971 – CHITTAGONG HILL TRACTS  – LIBERATION  WAR OF BANGLADESH – A DEMAND FOR JUSTICE

SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE – OPERATION EAGLE – GALLANTRY AWARD: 

FROM,

R.Pratap Narayan,
103, Second Floor, Vamsi Residency,
Sri Ram Nagar Colony, Manikonda,
Hyderabad, A.P. – 500 089.

To,

The Prime Minister Of India,
NEW DELHI.

 

Respected Sir,

I request you to consider my brother’s letter to you. I hope that you will take appropriate steps to review the long pending case of my brother Mr. R.Rudra Narasimham. Gallantry Awards should be presented by the Nation as a mark of respect for the Service rendered to the Motherland. Justice delayed is considered as Justice denied.

I expect Justice to my brother from you in this case.

With regards,

 Pratap Narayan.

Subject:- Operation Eagle – Military Operation of 1971 in Chittagong Hill Tracts – Prime Minister Indira Gandhi – The Cabinet Secretariat – “The Past is Never Dead.” – Regarding.

Reference:- Government of India Ministry of Defence Letter No. 3533/2009/D ( Cer ) dated 2nd/3rd December, 2009.

Sir,

1. Kindly direct the Under Secretary ( Cer ), Ministry of Defence, Government of India to take action as per the citation initiated by my Unit while I had participated in Operation Eagle under the authority sanctioned by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India during 1971.

2.This military Operation was not ordered by the Defence Minister, and was not planned or executed by the orders that were issued by the Army Headquarters, Ministry of Defence,

3. Army Headquarters, and the Medical Directorate( DMS-Army ) had taken action during 1971 to send me on deputation to Special Frontier Force. They have no jurisdiction to invalidate the action taken by my Unit during its participation in Operation Eagle. Kindly ask me for any further clarification or information about the nature of military act for which my Unit recommended my name for the Award of ‘Vir Chakra’ Gallantry Award. 

4. Ministry of Defence Army Headquarters has no legal authority to refuse the sanction of this gallantry award. Army Hqrs may be informed of the fact and the nature of military service rendered by me while I was on deputation at Hq Establishment No. 22 of Special Frontier Force. To conduct the Military Operation of 1971 in Chittagong Hill Tracts, we have taken orders direct from the Prime Minister and the Cabinet Secretariat.

5. I would ask you to uphold the dignity of the Prime Minister’s Office. The actions taken by the Cabinet Secretariat should be treated with respect by the Ministry of Defence and Army Hqrs.

6. Thanking You,

 Yours Faithfully,

R. Rudra Narasimham, B.Sc., M.B.B.S.,
Service  Number – MR-03277K MAJOR AMC/DPC
Service Number – MS-8466 Lieutenant/Captain AMC/SSC 
Medical Officer South Column Operation Eagle 1971 Headquarters Establishment No.22  C/O  56  APO

THE RESPONSE FROM GOVERNMENT OF INDIA  :

This response dated 02/03 December, 2009 does not suggest that no citation was initiated to consider the Award of Vir Chakra Gallantry Award. However, it carefully conceals the fact that the Military Operation specifically pertains to Operation Eagle for which the Rules of Engagement were prescribed by the Prime Minister of India and not by Indian Army.
This response from Military Secretary’s Branch Ministry of Defence(Army) categorically claims that it had not seen the Citation that recommended my name for the award of Vir Chakra Gallantry Award. The letter also carefully avoids any reference to name the Military Operation called Operation Eagle which was executed by the orders issued by the Prime Minister’s Office.Shri. S. Kumar, Deputy Director, Military Secretary’s Branch(X), Ministry of Defence(Army) is not telling the truth in this letter. If truth is concealed, it cannot serve the purpose of providing Justice. Indian Army must accept the truth. The truth is Indian Army or the Ministry of Defence have not issued the Rules of Engagement for the Military Operation called Operation Eagle. This Battle of 1971 was fought under a Battle Plan and Rules of Engagement issued by the Prime Minister’s office. The Rules for this War include the benefit of receiving Gallantry Awards as recommended. There is no time stipulated in this Battle Plan for receiving the Award. Indian Army cannot change the Rules of this Battle Plan for Operation Eagle.Shri. S. Kumar, Deputy Director, Military Secretary’s Branch(X), Ministry of Defence(Army) is not telling the truth in this letter. If truth is concealed, it cannot serve the purpose of providing Justice. Indian Army must accept the truth. The truth is Indian Army or the Ministry of Defence have not issued the Rules of Engagement for the Military Operation called Operation Eagle. This Battle of 1971 was fought under a Battle Plan and Rules of Engagement issued by the Prime Minister’s office. The Rules for this War include the benefit of receiving Gallantry Awards as recommended. There is no time stipulated in this Battle Plan for receiving the Award. Indian Army cannot change the Rules of this Battle Plan for Operation Eagle. 
Shri. S. Kumar, Deputy Director, Military Secretary’s Branch(X), Ministry of Defence(Army) is not telling the truth in this letter. If truth is concealed, it cannot serve the purpose of providing Justice. Indian Army must accept the truth. The truth is Indian Army or the Ministry of Defence have not issued the Rules of Engagement for the Military Operation called Operation Eagle. This Battle of 1971 was fought under a Battle Plan and Rules of Engagement issued by the Prime Minister’s office. The Rules for this War include the benefit of receiving Gallantry Awards as recommended. There is no time stipulated in this Battle Plan for receiving the Award. Indian Army cannot change the Rules of this Battle Plan for Operation Eagle.
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