Another possible/impossible story: Part-IThis is in continuation of my earlier story: A possible/impossible story!
Keran Sector, Jammu and Kashmir:
Six months later.
The border post was very quiet. For the last six months, no shelling had been experienced by the Charlie Company of 18 Grenadier who was manning the post. No firing had been witnessed across the border. Absolutely, no attempt of infiltration during the last six months. The KishenGanga river was flowing quietly. Gentle, cold breeze was blowing. Jackals were howling in the cold winter night.
On that particular night, in the Signals tent of the post, a JCO was manning the equipments. Another young Lieutenant was lying on the floor and trying to write a letter to his girlfriend. Suddenly, the equipments became alive: The signals could catch some conversation which was going on between two parties – one in Kashmir and another in PoK. The JCO was in full alert. The young Lieutenant immediately came to attention and stood beside the JCO. It was an unexpected good occurrence-they accidentally caught the frequency in which the terrorists had been talking with their handlers inside Pakistan.
The person on Indian side was frantically calling for money and more weapons. The Pakistani handler was assuring the same. The Lieutenant and his JCO listened to the conversation very intently, copied it and immediately went to the post commander to report. The post commander, an experienced Major, immediately understood the importance of the information and ordered the Lieutenant to send the copy of the intercepted conversation immediately to Brigade Headquarter, Divisional Headquarter, Corps Headquarter and Northern Command Headquarter by secure channel. He also ordered the Lieutenant to check the frequency from where the message had been sent. He himself talked to his CO and intimated the entire location from where the message was coming from Indian side.
New Delhi, HQ Signals Regiment (near RR Hospital):
One hour later.
Col. Ranbir Singh of Army Signal Corps was working late. He was preparing an inventory of various equipments for which purchase order was required to be placed urgently. Suddenly, he received a call. The Lieutenant General was on the line. He was totally perplexed. Why was the Chief of Army Signal Corps calling him at such odd hour? He talked to the Signals Chief, who ordered him (Col. Singh) to meet him (the Lt. General) at Army HQ immediately.
.........(To be continued)